Posted: Thursday, March 2, 2017 – 1:57 PM
(CNS) – The former owner of a golden retriever named Henry, who in May was left at a Newport Beach animal hospital with a 42-pound malignant tumor, was in custody Thursday in lieu of $10,000 after her arrest on suspicion of not appearing in court as ordered to face criminal charges.
Sherri Haughton, 52, of Irvine was scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 13 in Orange County Superior Court on four misdemeanor charges stemming from Henry’s condition, but she did not attend the hearing, and authorities issued a warrant for her arrest.
Authorities tried to contact her at her Newport Coast address but found she no longer lived there, the Los Angeles Times reported. Newport Beach officers arrested Haughton about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Irvine, police said. She was booked into the Women’s Central Jail in Santa Ana.
Orange County prosecutors in December charged Haughton with four misdemeanors that could put her behind bars for two years: animal cruelty, animal abandonment, failing to care for an animal and interfering with an investigation.
Newport Beach animal-control officers launched an investigation into Henry’s situation after Haughton took him to an animal hospital with the tumor on his right side. It had increased his body weight and impeded his ability to walk.