Bloomingburg Woman Pleads Guilty, Sentenced in Case of Animal Neglect

A Bloomingburg woman has been sentenced in a case of alleged animal neglect.

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According to the Fayette County Regional Humane Society, Brittany R. Scott, 28, of Bloomingburg, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a charge of Prohibitions Concerning Companion Animals at a pre-trial hearing in Washington C.H. Municipal Court.

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Scott was ordered to not own any animals for five years, fined $750, and sentenced to 90 days in jail. $600 of that fine and the 90 day jail sentence was suspended, provided that Scott doesn’t have any similar offenses for five years.

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Fayette Regional Humane Society (FRHS) agents responded to a Bloomingburg on January 2, after receiving reports from citizens concerned about the welfare of a dog inside of a residence. 

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Humane Agents discovered an emaciated Great Dane with her spine, ribs and hipbone being prominent.

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The dog, named Galaxy, was transported to the FRHS clinic where she weighed only 66 pounds, had internal parasites of round worms, and according to a veterinarian, bilateral entropion with inflammatory change in her eyes. A veterinary technician said that her body was covered in dried urine and feces.

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Galaxy was nearly 25 pounds underweight for her size, according to Executive Director Dr. Lee Schrader.

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Scott showed humane agents an empty four-pound-bag of dog food that she gave the dog within a week prior to the agents arriving to the property.

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“Four pounds of dog food for an entire week is simply inadequate and not enough nutrition for a large breed of dog like a Great Dane.” said Brad Adams, chief humane agent “The dog didn’t become severely emaciated over a period of a week. The weight loss occurred over a longer period of time.”

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Galaxy has since been treated for the internal parasites, had surgery to correct the entropion, and has gained the appropriate weight for the Great Dane breed.

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Galaxy was adopted by her foster parents after she recovered from medical treatment and surgery.

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“After seeing how bad she was neglected, my wife and I knew that Galaxy would never have to suffer again like that in our home.” said Ben North, adopter “Galaxy was so sweet. All she wanted was to be held and loved. She just didn't want to be away from anybody.”

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According to North, Galaxy not only shares her new home with him and his wife, but also two other dogs and three cats.

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“She is big on snuggles and not just with us, but also Duke, our other Great Dane. Galaxy loves playing outside, running around with the other dogs. She discovered couches make the best beds, not crates. Her favorite thing to do is play with her brother Duke. She is so full of life and energy and loves to play tug with him. When they get tired, she wants nothing more than to climb on a couch and take a nap beside my wife or myself.” added North.

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Humane Agent Nick Marando says he is happy that Galaxy found a wonderful home.

“I am thrilled that she was adopted by a very caring and loving family. The adopters already had a Great Dane and was familiar with the breed, so the adoption was a great match.” said Marando

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