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Case ID: 19037
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Sunday, Nov 27, 2011

County: Douglas

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Monica M. Andrews

A 44-year-old Omaha woman has been charged with felony animal cruelty after she left town for a few days and her 4-month-old pit bull starved to death.

Monica Andrews, 2217 Lothrop St., returned home and found her dead pit bull, Gotti, in late November, said Mark Langan, vice president for the Nebraska Humane Society.

He said Andrews called humane society officials to pick up Gotti once she found the puppy. When officials arrived, Langan said, Gotti had been placed inside a shut plastic container that was in the home's basement.

Gotti's ribs, hip bones and vertebrae stuck out of his skin, Langan said. The animal autopsy showed Gotti died of starvation.

Andrews told humane society officials she had left town with no one to take care of the animal.

Humane society officials then talked with the Douglas County Attorney's Office. Andrews was arrested by Omaha police at 11 p.m. Wednesday and subsequently charged.

Felony animal cruelty is a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

"This is not an uncommon occurrence of people leaving their animals to starve to death," Langan said. "If people have animals that they can't take care of or can't afford to take care of, call us at the humane society, and we'll come get the animals before they get seriously ill or die. That's what we're here for."

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