A 35-year-old, Maricopa, Calif., woman is facing a felony cruelty charge after authorities, tipped off by a concerned neighbor, discovered "severely malnourished," dogs at her residence, reported Wednesday's ABC 23 News.
Authorities with the Kern County Sheriff's Office claim that Summer Lynn Joplin so severely neglected her dogs that one of them died from starvation. Four other dogs, who were extremely malnourished, were also found at her Olive Street residence.
On Saturday, animal control transported the surviving dogs from Joplin's residence, to a veterinary hospital, for care.
In an interview with a reporter from Bakersfield Now, a tearful Joplin stated that the dogs were "loved" and said that it was "none of their business," in reference to the condition of her dogs.
Joplin was arrested and booked into jail, and later released on bond.
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