Bay Area woman arrested for animal abuse, neighbor glad puppy is safe

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Video: Bay Area woman arrested for animal abuse

Animal Services took an 8-week-old puppy named "Macho" away from Lafonda Calloway's home after they say investigators found classic signs of abuse.



TAMPA, Fla. - A Bay Area woman has been arrested for allegedly abusing her puppy, causing a broken rib and severe head injuries. Authorities took 32-year-old Lafonda Calloway into custody on Friday.

According to Animal Services, tips from neighbors led investigators to Calloway's home along Astoria Drive. They took the 8-week-old puppy named "Macho" away from the home after they say investigators found classic signs of abuse. Officials say apart from the visible injuries, the puppy would cower and urinate as soon as it saw Calloway.

Animal services took the dog away from Calloway's home and rushed it to emergency medical care.

"Initially, they reported hearing yelping and crying sounds, and things that were just ultimately disturbing. We began to investigate and the reports continued to trickle in and the reports were increasingly violent," said Marti Ryan with Hillsborough County Animal Services.

"The information that we have from witnesses is that this dog was not only kicked, but it was thrown against a wall," added Ryan.

A neighbor who lives next door to Calloway said while she didn't know the alleged abuse was going on, she is thankful those who did took action. "I'm glad that more people are doing something about it. Most people turn their head, you know. Nothing gets done and that poor innocent dog will get hurt over and over and over," said Sharon Boyle.

Calloway is being charged with animal cruelty. She is being held without bond on a probation violation.

The puppy is being treated now and appeared energetic and playful on Saturday. He is still healing, but will be up for adoption within the next few weeks or so.

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