KINCAID — Bloody dog food cans, feces on the floor and the body of a dead female pit bull were found by police offices inside a foul-smelling Kincaid home led the arrest of a 29-year-old woman who is now facing animal cruelty charges, Chief of Police Dwayne Wheeler said.

Neighbors complained to Kincaid police of a foul odor wafting from the home, prompting officers to arrive to her residence during the afternoon of March 27, Wheeler said.

He said evidence at the scene showed the dog tried to open dog food cans with her mouth, as they were on the floor dented and blood-stained. Officers noted the water in the home was not running and also found a busted open toaster on the floor the dog apparently had attempted to get inside for bread crumbs to try to stay alive, he said.

Wheeler said the woman was found and arrested in Taylorville on Wednesday, April 3. Wheeler said she told officers "heroin was more important to her than caring for her dog."

"The worst part about this is she was seen by neighbors going in and out of the home," Wheeler said, and if she would have just left the door open, the dog could have escaped outside and rescued. The dog is thought to have been dead a week to 10 days before being discovered, Wheeler said.

The woman is facing a preliminary Class 4 felony charge of aggravated cruelty to an animal and is being held in the Christian County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Christian County State's Attorney's Office.

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