Anthony Herring charged with two counts of animal cruelty, emaciated dog found in backyard

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - A Delray Beach man is facing two counts of animal cruelty after investigators from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control received a call about a dog with its bones protruding and dying in a backyard on SW 4th Street.

Investigators say the dog, a pit bull named Bella who was in the care of Anthony Herring, was found in June lying near a wire cage with a piece of plywood on top.

The dog, according to Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control,  was too weak to stand and was tethered to a fence wearing a heavy chain.

Herring told investigators that he did not own the dog but was caring for it on behalf of a friend in drug rehab.

Herring says that the dog stopped eating pet food and was then given some human food.

A veterinarian with Animal Care Control says that when she examined Bella she was not able to walk and was emaciated.

The dog was also filthy and had fly eggs on her, according to officials.

Bella at the time of her examination weighed 24 pounds and after a month of care by ACC her weight was up to 43 pounds.

Herring has been arrested and was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Bella was in foster care and the agency will be looking to adopt her out to a permanent home.

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