Woman arrested after dog suffered from neglect, starvation, officials say

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – A Columbia woman has been arrested in connection with an animal cruelty case.

Takil Shana Morris, 28, was arrested and charged with animal abuse after being accused of not caring for a 3-year-old redbone hound she adopted in August with no health issues, according to the Columbia Police Department. Authorities were sent to a home on the 2200 block of Dart Street on November 13. When they arrived, they found an emaciated dog.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian to be examined. Results determined the dog had several health issues after being neglected including suffering from dehydration, starvation, and being infested with fleas and hookworms. The exam also determined the dog was forced to eat trash including plastic wrappers and a used baby diaper to satisfy its hunger.

The dog is now being cared for by the City of Columbia Animal Shelter. Officials said the dog is improving, eating nutritious food, and will be ready for adoption soon.

If you’d like to adopt the dog, please call 803-778-7387 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

Morris has been released from the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center after a judge set a $10,000 bond.