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Sunday, Jan 1, 2012County: District of Columbia
Alleged: Michelle Terrell
Michelle Terrell, 26, of the 4400 of Gault Place NE, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly abandoning her dog. It was the second time Terrell has been arrested on an animal cruelty charge in less than a year, police said.
Terrell is accused of leaving her new dog gated in the bathroom of her apartment for at least four days prior to January 16 while she stayed with a friend. Humane Law Enforcement Officers found the dog in the bathroom with no food or clean water and a large accumulation of feces and urine. He was also underweight. The dog was ultimately euthanized due to severe behavioral issues.
Terrell's status hearing is scheduled April 23. Terrell was previously arrested September 9, 2010 for leaving another dog she owned tied to her back door while she was away for three days. That dog became entangled in its leash and died from exhaustion in the 90-plus degree weather.
The Washington Humane Society's Humane Law Enforcement Department, with four full-time Humane Law Enforcement Officers, investigates over 1,400 complaints of animal cruelty each year.
To report animal cruelty and neglect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 202-BE-HUMANE.
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