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Former owner of Cub the miracle dog charged with abuse

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – The one-time owner of a dog that was found walking on his exposed bones is facing felony animal cruelty charges.

Cub was found walking along a street in Las Vegas, N.M., earlier this year with one of his back legs missing, the other barely hanging on.

“It was kind of shocking to all of us. My heart broke,” said Angela Stell, founder and president of rescue organization NM Dog told news media.

Angela Stell, president and director of rescue organization NMDOG, holds Cubby, a dog she rescued from Las Vegas, N.M. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Angela Stell, president and director of rescue organization NMDOG, holds Cubby, a dog she rescued from Las Vegas, N.M. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Veterinarians told KOAT-TV and the Journal that Cub may have gotten stuck in a bear trap and chewed off his legs to break free.

Channel 7 reported Tuesday that the dog’s former owner, Linda Gallegos, is under arrest. She has been charged with extreme cruelty to animals and conspiracy. Both are felonies.

“She failed to render aid to this, to Cub, resulting in a form of torture,” according Undersheriff Anthony Madrid of the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office.

Madrid said he does not know exactly how long Cub was injured, whether it was days, weeks or possibly longer.

He said Gallegos made no effort to get Cub any help.

Madrid said his deputies are trying to find a second person in connection with the case.

“There’s an active warrant out for another person related to this case,” Madrid said.

Now, Cub is walking strong on his two front legs, and has a little help thanks to new wheels. He’s been adopted by a new family and people call him a “miracle dog.”

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