#JusticeForAnnie: Oklahoma woman who dumped pet dog in labor to die gets arrested as canine fights to live
The previous owner of the maggot-infested dog in labor, Annie, who was left to die at her property has reportedly been arrested. Maranda Dawne Weber was arrested on May 19 on felony cruelty to animal charges. She is now set to make her first court appearance on May 27, Wednesday, as Annie is still fighting for her life.
Weber had left Annie while the canine was in labor. She reportedly spat on the dog and told rescuers "she ain't worth it". The animal abuser left her Labrador-pit bull mix on her driveway in Woodward late in April while a premature puppy was half hanging out of the dog's body. After witnessing the horrific scene, neighbors alerted rescuers and told them that Weber had let her other five dogs attack her over a prolonged period, leaving the pet dog with open wounds that were eventually infected with maggots.
After undergoing multiple surgeries, Annie is still fighting for her life. However, her supporters on social media, called #AnniesArmy, are working to get the mother justice. The group is reportedly working to press the DA and the judge to persecute Weber to the maximum extent possible. #AnniesArmy has also launched a petition called #JusiceForAnnie in their endeavor to spread more awareness about the canine's condition.
Annie was reportedly rushed to a local animal hospital, where a veterinarian concluded that the new mother had extreme dehydration and malnourishment. The dog's birth canal was completely dry, forcing her to endure painful labor. All of her ten puppies were either stillborn or died shortly after they were born.
The animal rescue, Pawsitive Restorations, posted about Annie on Facebook on April 29, writing: " #MamaAnnie was left with 6 other dogs to starve. She was found laying in the driveway, PREGNANT, IN LABOR, IN DISTRESS, and BARELY RESPONSIVE — with one baby halfway out. She was vomiting maggots! We learned that she had multiple open wounds that were at least a week old and were infested with maggots. She was rushed to Woodward Animal Hospital where Dr Didier found her to be extremely dehydrated and malnourished, so much so that it affected her kidneys, she was too dehydrated to deliver her puppies, and she could not produce milk."
Annie had to undergo emergency surgery and was transferred from Oklahoma to Pawsitive Restorations rescue in Aurora, Colorado for additional treatment. Reports state that she was put under string medication ahead of an emergency surgery conducted in an effort to stop her damaged skin from falling off. A spokesperson from Pawsitive Restorations said: "‘This constant dripping lead to severe dehydration and Annie required round the clock hydration. Her skin was beginning to break down, and if she didn’t have this surgery urgently her skin would begin to slough off of her body."
Annie underwent surgery on May 4, and appeared to be recovering. However, she began experiencing vaginal bleeding on May 8 that her rescuers said left her kennel looking like "a murder scene." The dog was diagnosed with varicocele, a rare condition, and her veterinarian is reportedly working to figure out her treatment.
Pawsitive Restorations president Krissy Mosbarger, while talking to KDVR, said that Annie is like a "ticking time bomb" at the moment and that she is determined to give the canine a second chance: "She’s a ticking time bomb… Her owner said she wasn’t worth it. She is.. oh she absolutely is. And we are going to show her just how worth it she is. Annie will know love in her lifetime."
Meanwhile, Annie's medical bills have increased to over $17,300, with the amount set to rise as her healing begins. The rescue organization has set up a donation link to those willing to assist the canine.