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KAREN BLACK accused of dumping her old, blind dog on the side of the road in Cochise County

- Arizona, USA -

Cochise County Sheriff Mark J. Dannels announced that 62-years-old KAREN BLACK is charged with animal cruelty for heartlessly abandoning her elderly, visually impaired dog along a highway last month.

In a media release Sheriff Dannels said that on the morning of Saturday, August 26, 2023, he and his wife Nickie spotted a skinny dog in the area of I-10 and Skyline Road in Benson walking down the exit ramp.

Sheriff Dannels and Mrs. Dannels put the “shaken” furbaby safely in their vehicle.

A Cochise County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Officer took custody of the Voiceless Victim and learned through his microchip that his last registered guardian, BLACK, was in Phoenix, Maricopa County. The ACO attempted to call BLACK several times and left many messages that were never answered.

On Wednesday, September 6, 2023, Sheriff Dannels and Community Outreach Supervisor, Sergeant Ray McNeely went to Phoenix to attend a community event. Sheriff Dannels is very passionate about these kinds of cases and he did not want to give up. So, after the event, he took a detour and followed up on this investigation in an attempt to locate BLACK.

The sheriff was able to track down the cruel female at her home.

When BLACK was interviewed, she first lied claiming that she never was in Cochise County. As stated in the media release, BLACK then “finally admitted to leaving the dog alongside I-10 including failing to notify law enforcement and ignoring our attempts to reach out to her.”

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office tells me that BLACK was issued a citation and is scheduled to appear in Benson Justice Court at the end of this month.

With regard to the Voiceless Victim, the sheriff’s office told me in an email that the dog is a male named Henry and BLACK adopted him from Maricopa County Animal Control. Henry was listed as being 10 years old “(however he appears older perhaps 13ish).” As for Henry’s breed, I was told that he is “best described as a chihuahua/min-pin mix.”

In the media release, Sheriff Dannels said that the dog “is being held at a shelter until the criminal case is adjudicated.”

A spokesperson for the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office tells me that “Henry is doing well and we are working on getting him into foster care now so he can be removed from the shelter environment.”

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