OLYMPIA, Wash. — Thurston County officials say a man was arrested for refusing to euthanize his paralyzed dog.

Thurston County Animal Control Officer Erika Johnson tells KCPQ-TV (http://bit.ly/2fyMcOH ) that the dog had been hit by car last January. Officials found the dog with a broken back covered in fleas.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian who says the dog’s “foot and ankle had been degloved and the bone was exposed.”

The veterinarian also found that some of the dog’s toes had worn off from dragging herself across the ground.

The dog was later euthanized.

The dog’s owner was arrested Tuesday. KCPQ-TV did not name the man because he has not been formally charged.

Investigators say he could be charged for first-degree animal cruelty and several drug related crimes.

Information from: KCPQ-TV, http://q13fox.com/

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