Emaciated dog saved by deputy, rescue workers

JONESBORO, Ark. – A dog that had been crying out for help finally received it Monday night in Craighead County after being rescued by local animal rescue workers and a sheriff’s deputy.

Monday afternoon, Deputy Jeania Byrd with Craighead County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 1400-block of County Road 909 for an animal welfare check on a dog. The complainant, who asked to be anonymous, said the dog had been crying all week as though it was hurt or in distress. Indeed, he was.

The report says the deputy attempted to make contact with the dog’s owner: William Allen Miller, 38, of Jonesboro. No one was at the residence. The complainant had told authorities the dog cries were coming from behind the residence in the direction of a shop building. The deputy walked behind the residence and found the dog chained to a pole under an awning attached to the back side of the shop. The dog was not visible from the house. Grass and weeds were knee-to-waist high in the area the deputy had to traverse to reach the poor dog.

The dog was emaciated and very under weight. His ribs, hip bones and back bone were protruding. The dog only had a six-foot chain with a choke-chain around his neck. Even worse, no water or food was found nearby for the dog to eat. The heat index has exceeded 100 degrees for weeks.

“There was not an inch of the dog which was not covered in fleas and ticks,” Byrd reported.

No fecal matter was found, either, suggesting the dog had to consume it to remain alive. When it was being taken off of the property, it aggressively lapped up stagnant water and dried up wet cat food found on the ground.

Byrd and NEA Humane Society members Lisa Trevathan and Rhonda Qualls recovered the dog.


Two pump batteries and cables were stolen from farms on County Roads 328 and 341. It happened between 10 PM on July 18 and 11 AM on July 20. The farm owner said he had heard of several batteries being stolen in the area from others.


A woman believed herself to be the victim of a vehicle break-in sometime between July 17 and July 23. It happened at the 600-block of County Road 706. An emergency escape hammer, Bluetooth transmitter, flashlight, car phone adapter, and towing wire harness were taken.


A vehicle theft was reported in Brookland over the weekend. The victim said it happened at a farm shop located at the 2600-block of Highway 230 in Brookland. A 2018 Polaris Side-by-Side ATV valued at $18,500 was stolen from the property sometime between Wednesday, July 17 at 7 PM and Saturday, July 20 around 5 PM. The vehicle had a broken taillight and was tan in color. There are no known suspects at this time.

If you have any crime tips, please contact Crimestoppers at 870-935-STOP.

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