Woman charged with abandoning dog with 42-pound tumor

Henry, a golden retriever, attends an animal cruelty press conference in Newport Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Henry, a 7-year-old golden retriever suffering from a 42-pound malignant tumor, was abandoned at an animal hospital by his owner, who is accused of claiming she found the dog at a beach. The Newport Beach Police Department, Animal Control, Orange County District Attorney's Office, Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OCSPCA), and Supervisor Michelle Steel held a news conference tomorrow to discuss the consequences of animal cruelty and the resources available to citizens who find themselves unable to provide care for their pets due to various circumstances. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP)

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman who allegedly abandoned a dog with a 42-pound cancerous tumor has been charged with life-threatening animal abuse and neglect.

Sherri Haughton of Newport Coast was charged Wednesday with four misdemeanors that carry a potential two-year jail sentence.

A call to a woman of that name wasn’t answered Wednesday night.

Orange County prosecutors say Haughton dropped off her 7-year-old golden retriever, Henry, at an animal hospital in May and claimed she’d found him on a beach.

Before it was removed, Henry’s stomach tumor had nearly doubled his body weight. He’s now living with a foster family and receiving cancer treatment.

Officials say owners who can’t afford to treat their pets can turn them over to animal control or welfare agencies, which can foot the bill.

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