Woman arrested after emaciated dog found in locked cage in dumpster

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Raykesha Hardyway, 26, was charged with animal cruelty. (Credit Sedgwick County)

A Wichita woman has been arrested after an emaciated dog was found locked in a kennel and placed in a dumpster last week, police said.

Raykesha Hardyway, 26, was charged with animal cruelty. (Credit: Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office)
Raykesha Hardyway, 26. (Credit: Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office)

Raykesha Hardyway 26, was booked Monday on one count of animal cruelty and an outstanding warrant. The case will be sent to the Sedgwick County district attorney for formal charges, police spokesman Charley Davidson said.

Davidson said tips and witness interviews led to Hardway’s arrest.

The male pit bull mix, name Bowie, was found in the trash on Wednesday and taken to an emergency veterinarian. The dog, about 2 years old, weighed just over 20 pounds (9 kilograms), less than half the amount a dog of his size should weigh.

The Wichita Animal Action League, an animal rescue group, said Bowie has sores on his arms and backside from sitting or lying down without any fat or muscle to cushion his bones, KAKE-TV reported.

The organization said Bowie was taken to a foster home on Monday.

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