She is accused of animal cruelty and investigations have found out that she gave false information about her knowledge of Henry’s sickness.
Back in May, Henry the Golden Retriever was left at Newport Beach animal hospital. He had a 42-pound tumor on his side. His owner is charged with animal cruelty for neglecting Henry’s health condition.
During a news conference on Wednesday, Orange County prosecutors stated that they have filed two animal cruelty charges against ex-owner of Henry Sherri Haughton, 52, of Newport Coast. The first charge is for animal cruelty and the other is for interfering with an investigation for the false information provided.
The Orange County district attorney’s office announced that Haughton would face up to 2 years in jail in convicted. The former owner is not arrested yet but is expected to be brought in front of the Orange County Superior Court on Jan. 13.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Jennifer Malone explained how adopting a dog means they are part of the family. She added saying that we have certain responsibilities towards our dogs. She criticized leaving a dog to suffer like this.
When Henry entered the hospital, Newport Beach animal control officers started to investigate about his condition. The tumor nearly doubled his body weight and it hindered him from properly walking. According to the investigation, Haughton claimed that she found the dog on the beach.
They took the custody of Henry from her. Donations covered thousands of dollars worth of veterinary care for Henry.
Officials explained that when an owner can’t afford their dog’s medical care, they can turn the dog over to animal services.
Henry’s tumor was removed in June. The now-8-year-old is living with a foster family and undergoing radiation treatment for cancer.