Dunn County (WQOW) -- Formal charges have been filed against a Dunn County woman suspected of mistreating a dog that subsequently won of the hearts of thousands.
The dog, named Gabriel by shelter employees, weighed just 23.5 pounds when he arrived at the Dunn County Humane Society last month. They reported he could barely stand and the humane society director told police it was the worst condition of any living animal he had ever seen.
Gabriel's previous owner, Anne Iehl, was charged in Dunn County court Friday with felony mistreatment of animals and a misdemeanor count of intentionally failing to provide food for an animal.
According to the criminal complaint, Iehl brought the dog to the shelter and said she found it along the road. Police said she later admitted it was her dog. She told officers she surrendered it because she was pregnant and had fallen on hard times financially.
Iehl told investigators she fed the dog several times a day, but he kept losing weight. However, police said the dog gained 17 pounds in ten days at the shelter.
Iehl's first day in court is scheduled for December 10.