MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A pit bull is getting a fresh start after she was rescued from an abusive situation.
The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County's cruelty investigators rescued Darling from a home in southeast Memphis.
Darling was found chained up and emaciated behind a house on Nelson Way Drive on February 25, 2016. Investigators say the dog's ribs, hips, and spine were clearly visible. The dog had access to a bowl of dirty water; there was no food present.
Investigator John Morgret and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office took the dog and issued the resident, Chrissie Watkins, a misdemeanor citation for one count of cruelty to animals. The class A misdemeanor is punishable with a fine of up to $2,500 and/or 11 months, 29 days imprisonment.
Darling still has a long road of recovery before she can be put up for adoption. She will receive medical care and socialization, as well as a behavior assessment and other observation of temperament.
It is not illegal to have a dog on a chain in Memphis. HSMSC executive director Andrew Jacuzzi said it takes other factors, like the dog being emaciated, for investigators to be able to remove the dog and press charges.