A dog was tied up by its owner with heavy chains and neglected so badly that she ate her own puppies to survive.
Hernando County, Florida, police discovered the horrifying scene after responding to reports of a man being bitten by a pit bull. When animal enforcement officers arrived, they found three malnourished dogs tied up. The owner, 21-year-old Deandre Goodson, was arrested on animal cruelty charges.
One of the dogs, named Chi Chi, was found covered in scars with badly deformed ears, and it was ultimately determined that she was so hungry and in such bad shape that she resorted to eating her own puppies.
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"Authorities were able to contact Goodson by phone who agreed to meet deputies at the Hernando County Animal Services offices in Brooksville," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement, Daily Mail reported.
"Goodson said a friend, Breon Wyatt, had given him the dog about a year ago. He indicated the dog got out of the yard a couple of months ago and he had only recently found Chi Chi and brought her back home. Goodson confirmed Chi Chi gave birth to two puppies about two [weeks ago], but she had eaten them. Goodson said he feeds Chi Chi regularly and wasn’t sure why the dog was so skinny. He also stated the dog’s injuries were the result of the other two dogs attacking her."
Goodson was charged with one count of animal cruelty and jailed on a $5,000 bond.
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The sickening story went viral, with many expressing their disgust toward Goodson for the way he treated his animals.
"The human race is becoming more and more sick as time goes by. No care for others or other living beings. It's disgusting and shameful. People like this deserve a bullet to the head," one Daily Mail reader wrote on the site's Facebook page.
"Like for like. Chain him up with no food until he is forced to eat his own limbs to survive. I can't stand anyone who would force an innocent animal to suffer in such a way," another commented.