Pets are an extension of our families and are considered like children with most owners.

Sadly at times, those pets become victims of neglect and abuse.

Recently a German shepherd was brought into the Dodge City Animal Shelter as a victim of animal cruelty and police are searching for any information regarding a possible owner.

According to the Dodge City Police Department Facebook page, a veterinarian has rated the dog as being #1 on the Body Condition Scale for animal cruelty; 1 being emaciated and 5 being perfect condition.

The dog is under medical care and supervision and will not be available for adoption until her health improves. "She was found near Mulberry and Avenue H," DCPD Chief Drew Francis said. "Owner faces charges of animal cruelty, running at large, no rabies vaccination and no city tag."

According to Ford County Attorney Kevin Salzman, knowingly and maliciously killing, injuring, maiming, torturing, burning or mutilating any animal is a nonperson felony.

If a person is convicted of animal cruelty the penalties are a sentence of a minimum of 30 days to no more than 1 year imprisonment with a fine of not less than $500 and not to exceed $5,000.

The offender shall have a psychological evaluation prepared for the court to assist the court in determining conditions of probation during the mandatory 30 days imprisonment.

If anyone has any information regarding the owner of the German shepherd, contact the animal shelter at 620-225-8180.

The shelter also wants the public to know that if you need assistance in feeding your dogs and cats, the animal shelter and the Ford County Humane Society can help.

To contact the writer email vmarshall@dodgeglobe.com