Southeast Mo. woman accused of zip-tying dog’s back legs, trying to bury it alive
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - A woman is facing felony animal abuse charges for allegedly trying to bury her dog alive.
Authorities say Breawna Austin, 19, of Chaffee, put zip ties around her dog’s back legs and then tried to bury the animal near the Juden Creek Conservation Area.
Someone found the severely injured lab-mix on Sunday, March 20 and took it to Southeast Missouri Pets in Cape Girardeau.
“Surprisingly, she’s super resilient and she’s been very trusting,” Tracy Poston, executive director for Southeast Missouri Pets, said. “Like she knows we’re here to help here. After being treated so badly, sometimes they’re scared and she’s been really, ‘I get, you guys are here to help.’”
According to court records, animal control brought the dog, named Pepper, in as a stray in February. At that time, she weighed 47 pounds.
Now, they say the dog weighs less than 30 pounds and has a severe cut to right rear leg.
Austin is currently being held in the Cape Girardeau City Jail.
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