Iredell Co. owner won't face charges for dog's burns

Iredell Co. owner won't face charges for dog's burns

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 28 at 7:36 PM

IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. -- It’s a shocking case.

A dog is burned over half of her body, but the man responsible won’t face any cruelty charges. Volunteers are helping care for the 2-year-old Wheaten-terrier mix and say she has a sweet disposition, despite her pain.

Caylie has the kind of face that makes you want to pet her, only it’s hard to find a spot to pet her because she is burned from her head to her tail.

Michelle Terninko is fostering the young dog after her owner surrendered her.

“Her personality is great. You would never know that she was abused. She loves to have me hold her paws. She licks. She gives kisses.”

The acting director of Iredell County Animal Control Services, Tracy Jackson, says the owner called for help, telling them he could no longer care for his dog.

Jackson tells us the dog’s owner thought she had mange and mistakenly believed that pouring motor oil on the skin would cure it. Because the owner did not appear to have any malicious intent, the owner does not face any criminal charges.

“Based on North Carolina law, this was not animal cruelty because in our estimation it wasn't malicious and wasn't intentional,” Jackson said.

Caylie was so badly burned she has to be sedated three times a week to have her bandages changed.

Terninko said, “It’s going to be a long road for her. Down the road she’s going to be a great family member for somebody.”

S.A.F.E. Animal Haven is the animal rescue group that saved Caylie from the shelter and is helping pay for her vet bills.  For more information on the care she needs or if you’re interested in adopting her, contact the group on their website.

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