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UPDATE: Deputies arrest owner of dog found zipped in camping bag in rural Columbia County

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The Columbia County Sheriff's Office says deputies have arrested the owner of the dog that was found abandoned.

Sheriff Dennis Richards says the owner is 56-year-old Terri Lynn Benson of Pardeeville.

Richards says Benson is being held at the Columbia County Jail on charges of mistreating animals and abandoning animals.

Benson is scheduled to appear in Columbia County Circuit Court on Monday, January 25.

Sheriff Richards says his office has received a tremendous amount of offers of support for the care and rehabilitation of "Misty," the abandoned black lab. Richards says anyone interested in contributing toward the care of Misty should contact the Columbia County Humane Society.


UPDATE (WKOW) --- The Columbia County Sheriff's Office says they are looking for the person or persons responsible for a dog found abused and left in a zipped, camping-type bag outside Portage.

The report was called in at 4:45 p.m. Thursday after a dog was found abandoned in a large duffel  bag at a DNR parking lot on CTH F just south of CTH CM which is in the French Creek Wildlife Area.

Inside the bag was a female black lab that appeared to have blunt force trauma to the head.  Officials do not know if the trauma was before or after being placed in the bag.  Veterinarian Dr. Mike Cooper examined the female, black labrador mix.  "Someone either hit her or she was bitten by another dog,"  Cooper says.

Cooper estimates the dog's age as ten.  He says she has a tumor on her stomach, but it's not known yet if it is malignant.

Sheriff's detective sergeant Mike Haverley says four people crow hunting discovered the dog close to parking for the wildlife area.  He says they noticed the zipped, duffel-type bag was moving.

Haverley says there were blankets in the duffel.  Authorities say the dog had no collar, nor was there a microchip implanted in the dog.

Columbia County Humane Society executive director Susan Bratcher says the dog is curious and friendly, despite her ordeal, and is recovering.  Bratcher says she know the dog's predicament will help educate people on shelter services, and wishes this animal had simply been surrendered.

"It is ironic,"  Bratcher says.  "We've always been here, we've been here for a long time and people don't realize that.  We're here to help the animals."

According to Sheriff Dennis Richards,

“A situation like this is very disturbing. When a person or family is no longer able to or can afford caring for family pets I urge you to contact a local veterinary service or the Columbia County Humane Society. These family pets deserve to be treated humanely. If you do not have the resources to have your pets euthanized at a veterinary clinic, please do not take the matter into your own hands to prevent family pets from suffering like this black lab has.”

If you have any information about this dog, please call 608-742-4166.

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COLUMBIA COUNTY (WKOW) --- The Columbia County Humane Society and Portage Veterinary Clinic are taking care of a dog that was found injured and zipped in a bag just north of Portage.

The Columbia County Humane Society says they were called Thursday night by the Sheriff's Department to pick up a dog found on hunting grounds in the Town of Fort Winnebago, just outside Portage.

When staff arrived, they were told the dog was found inside a large camping style bag that was zipped up.  Officials found the dog with severe head trauma.

The Portage Veterinary Clinic examined the female black lab and scored the dog's condition as 1 out of 9.

The dog has a large mammary tumor, needed 19 staples to the head, and is now on pain medications.

The Columbia County Humane Society says the dog is stable and is eating Friday.

Officials are investigating and want help in identifying this dog.  If you have any information please call 608-742-4166.

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