Maricopa woman accused of starving five dogs, killing one
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif - Kern County sheriff's deputies arrested a Maricopa woman for allegedly starving one dog to death and leaving four others "severely malnourished", according to deputies.
The Kern County Sheriff's Office began an animal cruelty investigation at a home in the 400 block of Olive Street in Maricopa, Saturday.
When deputies arrived at the home they found several dogs who had been left for an extended period of time without food or water.
They also found a dead dog at the home and four other dogs which appeared to be severely malnourished.
A necropsy exam was completed by a vet on the deceased dog and determined malnourishment was a contributing factor to its death. They also found the other four dogs to be in a state of extreme malnourishment.
Deputies arrested Summer Lynn Joplin, 35, for felony animal cruelty. She was booked at the Taft Jail and released on bond.
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