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Animal cruelty charges filed against Harrison Co. dog owner

Updated: Tuesday, January 14 2014, 03:18 PM EST

By: NEWS9 and Kate Davison
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio --

Humane officials say justice is on the way for a Harrison County dog rescued in the nick of time after being left outside to die.

One charge of animal cruelty has now been filed against Michael Carlson in the case of Finegan, a neglected pit bull rescued in Harrison County.

As for Finegan, his road to recovery is well underway, though humane officials said the dog is lucky to be alive after being saved from a trailer home earlier in January.

"He was found underneath the trailer, the owner surrendered him and the humane society brought him back," said Kristen Dingess of the Harrison County Humane Society.

The dog was taken into foster care and a veterinary checkup revealed Finegan had pre-existing injuries.

"We know he's been hit by a car," Dingess said.

The checkup further revealed that Finegan, who is about 10 years old, had a skin infection, a torn tendon and needed to gain some weight.

Just more than a week after the dog was rescued, its health has greatly improved. But perhaps the best news for animal lovers is that adoption applications are now available for Finegan. Humane officials said he won't be ready for his new home until the vet signs off and Finegan is up-to-date on his vaccines.

"He's as sweet as can be. He doesn't have a mean bone in his body," Dingess said.

Anyone interested in adopting Finegan can call Dingess at 740-942-2819 or send her a message her on Facebook.

NEWS9 is also working to learn if a hearing has been set for Carlson regarding the case. Stay with NEWS9 and WTOV9.com for continuing coverage.

Animal cruelty charges filed against Harrison Co. dog owner


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