Owner of starved pit bull found, charged

Audrey (Source: Butler County Warden)
Audrey (Source: Butler County Warden)

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - The owner of a starved pit bull that was found last month in Butler County has been found and charged with cruelty, abandonment and other charges.

Butler County Deputy Warden/Humane Officer Kurt Merbs and Animal Control Officer Chuck Guerin found the pit bull, known as 'Audrey' on Dec. 19. Audrey was severely emaciated, injured and abandoned at a park on the Hamilton/Fairfield border.

Butler County Dog Wardens called the case, "One of the worst starvation and abandonment cases seen."

Since finding her, in her heartbreaking condition, Deputy Merbs and Officer Sandy Sears, a Fairfield Police Officer, have been trying to find the person responsible for neglecting and abandoning her.

After investigation and tips from the public, Merbs was led to Edwin Saunders, of Lockland.

Saunders admitted to owning and abandoning the dog and was charged by Deputy Merbs with Cruelty to a Companion Animal, Abandonment, Failure to Confine and no insurance for a  vicious dog, all misdemeanors. Penalties could carry as much as $1000 fine and up to 6 months in jail.

Officials say Audrey continues to recover at the Animal Care Shelter.

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