Phillip Moreno of North Platte is charged with animal abuse after a wounded, bleeding Yorkshire dog that allegedly belonged to him had to be put down.
The dog apparently left its home during the night. A North Platte resident found it around 5:30 a.m., crudely bandaged, bleeding and whimpering in the middle of the street
The resident, Kaycee Anderson, said she was on a morning walk with her dog.
Anderson said the Yorkie looked terrible.
He was wobbly and shaky, she said. I sat down on the curb and called him because I thought he might run off if I approached him. He walked toward me, but was so weak he fell down on the way.
Finally, the dog reached Anderson. She carried him to her house. He was bleeding and smelled awful, she said.
Anderson called a friend who is a member of Pawsitive Partners, who took the Yorkshire to a veterinarian shortly after 8 a.m.
When Anderson came to see how the situation looked, she watched the veterinarian cut the tape bandages off the dog's leg and torso. She was horrified to see two wounds, both full of maggots.
Police and officials from the North Platte Animal Shelter were called.
Moreno, 46, was arrested at 1:26 p.m., charged with cruelty to animals.
He remained in jail Saturday, held on $15,000 bond.