A woman charged with animal cruelty and neglecting to care for her dog’s 42-pound tumor and lying about finding him abandoned on the beach was arrested Wednesday after skipping a court hearing.
Sherri Haughton, 52, is facing four misdemeanor counts, including animal cruelty and filing a false report. That in connection with her treatment of an ailing 7-year-old canine.
He has come to be known as Henry the golden retriever.
Haughton on May 12 dropped Henry off at a Newport Beach animal hospital; saying she had found him alone on the beach.
Prosecutors say Newport Beach investigators quickly determined that Haughton was Henry’s owner; that she had apparently seen a vet about his condition but that she had not sought treatment or surgery.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office in December sent Haughton a letter.
They informing her of the criminal charges. Also ordering her to appear at the Harbor Courthouse in Newport Beach on Jan. 13.
Haughton didn’t show up, court records show, leading a judge to approve a warrant for her arrest on Feb. 7.
Newport Beach officers were initially unable to located Haughton at a Newport Coast home where she was previously known to reside.
But, on Wednesday they found her at an Irvine home where she was living, said Jennifer Manzella, a Newport Beach police spokeswoman.
Haughton was into the central jail complex in Santa Ana. Their records show she was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.
Henry has become something of a local celebrity among animal supporters, his condition improving since his stomach tumor was removed.
Rather than adopt him out, animal control officials opted to place Henry with an experienced foster home.
Using Henry’s experience as an example, authorities previously urged pet owners to be aware of the options available to them if they can’t properly care for an animal.
Rather than abandon their pets, let them suffer and animal cruelty, the authorities said, owners should instead reach out to local animal shelters.