TIPTON, Iowa — Charges have been filed against a Mechanicsville, Iowa, couple who police say abandoned a malnourished, neglected and dying dog in Tipton on Feb. 12.
The dog’s owner, Troy Worby, 27, of 106 W. Kolhase St., is charged with one count of animal neglect causing death, and one count of abandonment of animals.
His wife, Reille Worby, 27, the dog’s co-owner, is charged with one count of animal neglect causing death.
According to the arrest affidavits filed by Tipton Police Sgt. Brad Peck, on Feb. 12, Troy Worby abandoned his dog, a 2 ½-year-old shepherd mix in the 300 block of West 6th Street.
According to a news release issued Feb. 14 by Tipton Police, an officer was sent to 320 W. 6th St., for a dog lying on the ground. The caller said he was not sure if the dog was dead or alive.
At the scene, the officer found the female dog, which was “incredibly emaciated, dehydrated, and covered in feces and with open sores on its body,” according to the news release.
The officer contacted the Tipton Veterinary Services, which took the dog to the clinic for treatment. The veterinary staff gave the dog aid through Sunday evening. But when staff arrived back at the clinic Monday morning, the dog had died, according to the news release.
According to Peck’s arrest affidavits, a necropsy was performed at Iowa State University. The dog’s death was attributed to malnutrition and dehydration.
Peck said in his affidavit that Troy Worby admitted in interviews that he frequently would forget to feed the dog.
According to the arrest affidavit, the dog had lived with the Worbys for about two years. Troy Worby told Peck that he knew the dog’s health was declining because of it not being fed and that he abandoned the dog in Tipton.
Animal neglect causing death is a serious misdemeanor that carries a fine of at least $315 but not more than $1,875. It also carries a possible jail sentence of up to one year.
Abandonment of animals is a simple misdemeanor that carries a fine of at least $65 but not more than $625. It also carries a possible jail sentence of up to 30 days.