Wichita police arrest woman after dog found locked in cage in dumpster

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Police say they've arrested a 26-year-old woman after an emaciated dog was found locked in a wire crate in a dumpster in southeast Wichita

Officer Charley Davidson said Monday afternoon that Raykesha Hardyway was booked for one count of animal cruelty (abandonment - failure to provide adequate provisions) and an outstanding warrant. 

Lt. Brian Sigman, the Wichita Animal Control commander, said surveillance video showed two suspects putting the male pit bull mix in the dumpster at at apartment complex near Pawnee and Oliver at around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. A woman found the dog, named Bowie, when she took out the trash, and she took him to an emergency vet.

Officer Davidson said the investigation, tips to Crime Stoppers and witness interviews led to Hardyway's arrest. He did not say if any additional arrests are expected. 

"We’re pleased that our citizens recognize the need to speak up to help solve crime," said Crime Stoppers Chair Stacey Kluge. "This case touched a lot of people’s hearts, and we are glad that tips helped provide answers and hopefully some closure in this case."

The Wichita Animal Action League said Bowie has sores on his arms and backside that came from sitting or lying down without any fat or muscle to cushion his bones. He weighed just over 20 pounds, which is less than half the amount a dog of his size should weigh. 

WAAL said Monday that Bowie was headed to foster care.

If you want to help WAAL with the veterinary expenses, or if you are interested in adopting Bowie once he has regained his health, you are encouraged to reach out to WAAL. You can do that through their website, waalrescue.org, or through the Wichita Animal Action League page on Facebook.

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