Woman charged with animal cruelty after dog with 46 lbs. tumor found
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – A woman has been charged with various counts of animal cruelty after allegedly dumping a dog with a 46-pound tumor at Newport Beach earlier this year.
“Henry” the golden retriever was found wandering alone in the sand on May 12 with a huge mass on his right side, KTLA reported. He was taken to Newport Beach Animal Control and underwent surgery.
The tumor was successfully removed with surgery — paid for by donations — and he is recovering well. The 7-year-old dog appeared at a news conference Wednesday where Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges.
Previous owner Sherri Laughton, of Newport Beach, has been charged with four counts of animal neglect, abuse and abandonment, all misdemeanors, officials said.
She was not arrested but is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 13 and faces up to two years in Orange County jail.
Henry has been placed with a foster family who is continuing to monitor his tumor problems.