Pet owner charged for waiting too long to get help for injured dog

(WMC-TV) - A woman is charged with animal cruelty after police say she waited too long to get medical attention for her gravely injured pet.

Wendi Doombs, 32, brought her dog to the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County two weeks after police say it was hit by a car.

"It was very lethargic, it was wrapped up in a blanket, and it had a large necrotic wound on its side," said Animal Care Manager Whitney Jones. "Meaning she smelled like dead."

The injured dog later died at the animal hospital.

"We get a lot of animals that do come in that have been hit by a car," said Jones. "And even though an animal may not appear to have anything, they can have underlying issues and need to be checked out by a vet."

According to court records, owner Coombs chose to do nothing with her injured dog even after noticing the dog was not acting normally.

"You can't neglect an animal," said dog owner Robert Kalafat. "They can't take care of themselves," he added. "You have to take care of them like a child."

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.