2 face charges after puppy nearly starves to death

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Channel 2's Liz Artz spoke with the woman who saved his life.

Two people face charges in what veterinarians called one of the worst cases of puppy starvation they’ve ever seen.

Taylor Thomas, 24, and Felicia White, 46, have been charged with two counts of animal cruelty after allegedly starving a dog to death, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Jessica Wamsley, with LifeLine Animal Project, told Channel 2 that a 6-week-old pit bull puppy needed 24-hour care when rescued by police.

“For the first couple of days, he wasn’t able to eat, his body temp was so low he couldn’t digest food,” Wamsley said.

Police found the puppy, Forest, at a home on Highland Place in DeKalb County after someone reported a starving dog.

DeKalb Police Sgt. T.C. Medlin said Forest was so lethargic that officers thought he was dead until he lifted his head and blinked his eyes.

A second pit bull puppy had a collar embedded in its neck, Channel 2 reported.

Both dogs were confiscated by police.

Wamsley said Wednesday that Forest is getting back to a healthy weight and should be ready to be adopted as soon as vets neuter him.

Medlin said Thomas and White face up to a year in jail if convicted of the cruelty charges.