Woman charged with animal cruelty in Cumming

by Staff Reports

November 12, 2013

CUMMING, Ga. — Neighbors called deputies because a dog that was left outside in a yard had a severely embedded collar, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report.

A resident in the 5000 block of Porter Lane told deputies a dog was left outside in the yard and tied up with an embedded collar Oct. 30.

When deputies arrived, the brown Jack Russell mix was laying on the ground beside a plate of what looked like several different leftover dinners and an empty water bowl.

There was no shelter or shade for him, and his ribs were showing.

Deputies took pictures of a cable that was attached to a stake in the ground, wrapped around the dog’s neck and was clipped back to itself.

The cable was deeply embedded, and deputies said it appeared as if the fur was growing back over it.

When the owner arrived, she told deputies the stray dog had followed her children home about eight years ago.

She said she had not seen the dog in about a week, but deputies explained that this type of injury takes more than a week to happen.

Melinda Barahona, 48, was charged with animal cruelty, a misdemeanor. She was taken to Forsyth County Detention Center.

The dog was taken to Dr. Orr’s Animal Hospital for medical treatment.