- Associated Press - Saturday, January 6, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio woman has been charged with animal cruelty for putting a sickly dog into a trash bag for collection.

The Springfield News-Sun reports 53-year-old Tracy Brown, of Springfield, appeared in court Friday and asked for a public defender.

Police say Brown called police last month and asked how to dispose of a dead dog, telling a dispatcher she’d put the dog’s body outside because it smelled.

Workers then picked up the trash bag containing a male boxer mix named Ledo. Police say workers opened the bag at a compost center and found Leo barely alive. A humane officer killed Ledo to alleviate his pain.

Brown told the newspaper she raised and loved Ledo but knew he was alive when she put him in the trash bag.

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Information from: Springfield News-Sun, http://www.springfieldnewssun.com


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