Malnourished dog put down, Delray Beach owner arrested

Malnourished dog put down, Delray Beach owner arrested

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - A Delray Beach woman was arrested Monday after Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control investigators say her miniature pinscher had no body fat and was severely malnourished.

Inna Pilster was charged with felony cruelty to animals after her dog, Rocco, had to be put down. "When I examined him, the condition was terrible," veterinarian Changbae Choi said.

Investigators say Pilster took Rocco to Paws2Help Animal Hospital in West Palm Beach in September.

Investigators say Rocco had no body fat and lesions everywhere. "She did bring the animal into us, but it was really on its last leg," Eve Vanengel with Paws2Help said.

Vets at Paws2Help say Pilster waited too long to get the dog help, so they called Animal Care and Control. Investigators say Rocco went from 18 pounds earlier this year to just six pounds living with Pilster. They had no choice but to put him down."If anyone sees another animal, whether it is theirs or someone else's, don't be afraid to say so because the little one is suffering," Vanengel said.

Pilster bonded out of jail on a $3,000 bond. She did not return calls for comment.

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