Ind. woman facing animal abuse charges

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by Kelsey Duvall

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 4:18 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- According to a police report, a Southern Indiana woman is facing multiple charges after officials said she intentionally abandoned her puppy for over three weeks.

Madeleine Cornish was reportedly in the process of moving when she left the puppy, a mastiff named Benson, in the house without food or water.

Police said when Cornish returned to the home, she found the pup severely emaciated and dehydrated.

According to the report, Cornish dropped Benson off in the 300 block of S. Ewing to avoid prosecution.

After Benson was found, a veterinarian gave him a body score of one, which is the worst on the chart.

Officials said Benson's ribs were prominent and he had no body fat.

Benson was taken to the Arrow Fund where he is doing well in the care of a foster family and has been re-named Hank.

Cornish is facing charges of 2nd degree cruelty to animals and tampering with physical evidence.

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