Woman arrested and charged with animal cruelty

Published: Nov. 4, 2016 at 5:52 PM EDT
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A Wood County woman is facing animal-cruelty charges related to the the abuse of a pit bull puppy named Casper.

Tammara Briggs, 28, of Mineral Wells, was arrested today by Wood County sheriff's deputies and charged with cruelty to animals.

She was arraigned in Wood County magistrate court and released on a $4,000 bond.

Deputies arrested Briggs at her home in Mineral Wells. Deputies say a second pit bull was removed from the residence and that it was taken to the Humane Society of Parkersburg.Some locals are outraged over the mistreatment of a 7-week-old puppy who was later rescued by the Humane Society of Parkersburg.

Casper was found thanks to a tip from a friend of the owner, and on Monday the Humane Society stepped in to care for him, and took him immediately to the veterinarian.

Doctors say they don't think he will ever fully recover or walk again. The x-ray and MRI showed Casper had a fractured spine.

Thanks to help from the community, the shelter was able to cover the cost of the funds to help Casper.

On Thursday, he was transferred to a rescue in Maryland that works with pit bulls.

Michelle Earl, executive director for the Humane Society of Parkersburg, was devastated when she saw what happened to the young puppy.

"We plan to be very involved with the prosecution of this," Earl said. "To take care of Casper and see how helpless he is now because of somebody inflicting trauma to him is just senseless, and we want people to know that we're not going to tolerate it. We are going to press charges and we are going to try to execute to the fullest extent to the law the punishment that we can give to people."