A Nicholasville man has been charged with animal cruelty involving a severely emaciated puppy that was found last month.
Eugene "Geno" Floyd told Jessamine County Animal Care & Control officer Taylor Bourne that he was the dog's owner and that "he did not have the time to care for it," according to a news release from Animal Care & Control.
"Floyd then stated that when the canine got in poor condition he turned her loose in hopes that someone would find her and take care of her," according to the release.
The 6-month-old puppy weighed 11.2 pounds when she was brought to the Jessamine County Animal Shelter on July 29 by someone who found her starving near the trash bins outside an apartment complex in Nicholasville.
She "is continuing to improve," according to the release, and now weighs 23.9 pounds.
"She will continue to be held by our office as evidence until court proceedings conclude," according to the release.
A criminal complaint charging Floyd with second-degree animal cruelty has been filed in Jessamine District Court.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced Monday that it was offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
An anonymous tip led Bourne to Floyd's residence on Longview Drive, and when he interviewed Floyd on Thursday, Floyd gave "a full confession ... that he was the person responsible for the animal's condition," Animal Care & Control said in the release.
On Saturday, Animal Care & Control posted on Facebook a photo of "Little 'Skinny Girl'" at the Highbridge Festival in Wilmore, where the office had other dogs up for adoption.