Couple starved Great Dane so badly it chewed its own leg off in an effort to get free from a runner cable

Ware Shoals Police Department questioned the couple, identified as Jessica James and Skylar Craft, after they arrived at their home on Edgewood Drive on November 19.


                            Couple starved Great Dane so badly it chewed its own leg off in an effort to get free from a runner cable

A couple from South Carolina was arrested and charged with ill treatment of an animal after their pet dog, a Great Dane named Luke, chewed off its own leg to free itself from a runner cable. Reports state that the couple's neighbor alerted the authorities about the dog's condition.

Ware Shoals Police Department questioned the couple, identified as Jessica James and Skylar Craft, after they arrived at their home on Edgewood Drive on November 19.

A responding officer, in an incident report obtained by Fox Carolina, said: "When I approached the fence I could see a very skinny black Great Dane with an injury to his back right leg. As he got closer I could see that over half of his leg was gone."

Reports state that 32-year-old James, while talking to the officers, said that Luke was placed on a runner after he jumped over a fence. However, James and her 38-year-old partner provided conflicting accounts of how the dog had been left on a runner and for how long was the canine injured, according to the Daily Mail.



 

The couple reportedly told the authorities that they attempted to treat the dog on their own because they could not afford a veterinary bill. Officer inspected the metal pole he was tied to outside the house, however, they could not find any signs of bowls of food or water around it, suggesting that the dog was not being fed.

The dog, after being rescued, was handed to the care of Noah's Arks Rescue, and according to their latest update, Luke is set to have the remaining part of his legs removed because of the fast-spreading infection.

"Keeping it any longer in hopes we can come up with a prosthetic that might work is too risky. His infection appears to have invaded the bone, and that can cost him his life," the organization, in a statement on Sunday said. "He is strong enough to survive the surgery to remove the leg but not strong enough to withstand the infection if it continues up his leg."

The organization also added that they conducted an intestinal biopsy of the dog and could determine that he did not have cancer, adding that most of the canine's medical issues stemmed from being severely starved.



 

Reports state that the vets have put Luke on medication in an attempt to alleviate his constant diarrhea and have also succeeded in increasing his calories intake and put him on a dietary schedule.

"'We have only had Luke at the Rehab Center for a couple of days but what we have discovered is he loves everyone and does not have a mean bone in his body," they added. "He needed a place where he felt safe, and that is what he has with us."

"Please, continue to Donate and share with your friends so he can get everything he needs to survive the horrible Nightmare he had to endure to survive. Luke is a fabulous dog that should have never been in the horrible situation he was put in. He is a sweet, loving, Gentle Giant that wants nothing but Love," the rescue center said.