FAIRMONT — A 41-year-old Fairmont woman faces a charge of cruelty to animals after her dog was found by police tied to a tree shivering with no shelter Jan. 7 in Fairmont, according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint states that Tonisha Lee Woods of 419 Spring St., Fairmont faces the misdemeanor charge.

According to the court papers, Fairmont Police Department officers responded to Woods’ address for a complaint of a dog being tied up to a tree without shelter or water for a couple days.

At the scene, officers saw a female dog tied up to a tree by a chain, the complaint states. An officer identified the dog’s owner as Tonisha Woods, according to the court papers.

Police said there was no shelter for the dog for protection from the elements, and the food and water bowls were flipped over and frozen to the ground.

According to the complaint, the dog, a short-haired red American Staffordshire Terrier mix, shivered as officers approached her. Police said animal control removed the dog from the property and took custody of it.

Court records show Woods posted $1,012 bail.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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