FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- A Forsyth County woman faces animal cruelty charges after a dead Cocker Spaniel was found tethered on a deck.
Animal Control officers arrested Patricia Hall on Tuesday on felony animal cruelty charges.
In December, investigators received an anonymous tip that a deceased dog's head was stuck in a porch railing at a home on Old Hollow Road in Winston-Salem. The anonymous person told investigators the dog "had been there for several days."
Investigators went to the home on Dec. 28 and found a deceased Cocker Spaniel stuck between the deck spindles and the ground. Investigators said the dog was tied to a chair on the deck.
The deck had several days of dried feces and the dog did not have a shelter. Investigators also found an empty food bowl on the deck. Despite the dog's long hair, investigators say the animals' spine could be seen and the dog appeared to be underweight.
Investigators seized the animal and left paperwork at the home. Hall, the dog's owner, was not home at the time.
William Kiger, Hall's neighbor, finds the alleged abuse abhorrent.
"I don't feel like nobody should tie it up and ignore them and let it starve to death...I couldn't imagine somebody doing that."
The deceased dog was taken to a diagnostic lab in Elkin to determine cause of death.
Hall told investigators she was out of town from Dec. 24 to Dec. 28 and that someone else was supposed to be caring for the dog while she was gone. She also told investigators she only had the dog for approximately two to three weeks, however officials determined she had the dog for at least two years.
No other information was provided.