Woman charged with ill treatment of animal after dog found in Chester without shelter

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMay 21, 2014 

Tabatha Walters

— A woman whose dog is accused of biting someone was arrested on Monday after deputies found her pet lying in water at a Chester County home while it was pouring rain outside, authorities say.

Officers with Lancaster County Animal Control called Chester County Sheriff’s deputies at about 2:50 p.m. last Thursday when they learned the owner of a dog who bit a Lancaster resident might be keeping the canine at a home in Chester, according to a Chester County Sheriff’s report. Deputies went to the home on Hightower Road, off S.C. 9 in Fort Lawn, and found the dog, a white and Brindle pit bull, outside.

It was raining outside, deputies said, and the dog’s only shelter was a beach umbrella. The dog was also found lying in the water.

Deputies impounded the dog, leaving behind a note for the owner, identified as Tabatha Ann Walters, 29. Warrants were issued for Walters, who was arrested on Monday and charged with ill treatment of animals. Walters was released from the Chester County Detention Center Tuesday on a $1,092.50 bond.

Because her dog is accused of biting someone, it was quarantined.

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