KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two Kansas City residents have been charged with felony and misdemeanor animal abuse in connection with an injured dog known as "King," rescued by animal control officers in January 2017.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker charged Andre Christopher Brown, 31, with Animal Abuse by Torture and/or Mutilation, a Class E felony, and Animal Abuse, a misdemeanor. Shalonda Robertson, 29, faces the Class A Misdemeanor of Animal Abuse.
According to court records, Animal Control responded to 1835 Kensington on reports that a dog there did not have any food, water, or shelter. The officer found a 3-year-old dog known as King with a chain around his neck, his head stuck under the fence. He was freezing, as the temperature only got up to 19 degrees that day.
King had deep wounds to the neck from the chain. The tan/white pitbull mix dog was also extremely thin and emaciated. It was kept in an unclean area.
When animal control officers freed King, he began seizing and shaking and was unresponsive. He was not able to walk on its own.
"I would say that King is one of our worst cases that we've ever seen," said Tori Fugate with KC Pet Project.
Officers knocked on the door and it was answered by a woman, who said she never looked in the backyard, and that the dog belonged to her cousin. When asked how long it had been there, she said 3 to 4 weeks.
KC Pet Project said when they did X-rays on King, he had nothing in his stomach but old corncobs – the only thing he’d found to eat to keep him alive.
Fugate said King weighed only 30 pounds -- about 50 pounds less than he should.
If found guilty of felony Animal Abuse by Torture, Brown could face up to four years behind bars and a $5,000 fine.
These days, King is in much better health. He's been adopted by a family in the Kansas City area.