A woman has been arrested after a dog with a serious head injury was found abandoned and left in a zipped up camping bag in southern Wisconsin, according to a report.
In a Facebook post shared Friday, the Columbia County Humane Society explained that the dog was found Thursday in the bag near hunting grounds in Fort Winnebago, located approximately 100 miles northwest from Milwaukee.
The dog appeared to have suffered some kind of head injury and was left in the bag, according to the post. She needed 19 staples to close her head wound.
A veterinarian also discovered a large mammary tumor, according to the organization’s post. The veterinarian scored the dog’s overall condition as a “1 out of 9.”
“We are furious this dog suffered whatever trauma she suffered and was discarded like trash,” wrote the Columbia County Humane Society.
The black lab’s owner, identified as 56-year-old Terri Lynn Benson, was arrested Friday, according to NBC affiliate WMTV. She is facing charges of mistreating animals as well as abandoning animals.
The dog, named Misty, has gained 1.7 pounds since being in the care of the Columbia County Humane Society, according to the organization.
In an update posted to Facebook on Sunday, the group wrote that Misty was doing well.
“She seems to be strong willed about where she wants to go and she loves to take charge and pull ahead on the leash,” the post read.
Benson is due back in court on Monday. It was unclear whether she had an attorney.