Sheba, starved to 28 poundsSee Update – 11/19/08 – Starved Dog – New Name, New Life and New Look – Amazing!

This is Sheba, a 2 year old Doberman Pinscher and she weighs only 28 pounds! The proper weight for her breed as an adult dog is between 65 – 90 pounds. As you can see, every bone is visible, she has little to no muscle left, a skin covered skeleton!

Last Saturday Sheba was running loose and thankfully was picked up Butler County Animal Friends Humane Society.

“This is one of the worst cases of neglect I have seen,” said humane society Executive Director Meg Stephenson. “Every bone in her body was visible. No animal should ever have to suffer like that.”

Sheba’s owner, Reita Huff, was pulled over on Wednesday, a traffic stop, for operating an unsafe vehicle. She’d been identified as Sheba’s owner and during the stop became combative with officers. They Tasered her!! Maybe I shouldn’t take any pleasure in that, but take a look at that poor dog!

Sheba, starved to Skin and Bones

Huff, who has prior animal cruelty violations, was charged with two counts of cruelty to a companion animal, failure to confine and failure to obtain a license as well as resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

Sheba, who has been in the care of Animal Friends for a week now, is responding to care and has gained 5 pounds already. She’ll be placed in a foster home until she’s healthy and can be adopted.

Hopefully Huff will be facing some stiff penalties although animal cruelty sentences seldom, if ever, fit the crime.

Sheba, starved to skin and bones

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