Deputies find one dead dog, four others without food or water

A Maricopa woman was arrested on animal cruelty charges after Kern County Sheriff's Deputies found one dead dog and four others suffering from malnourishment, Sgt. Martin Downs said.

Deputies went to a home on the 400 block Oliver Street about 12:45 p.m. Saturday and determined the dogs at the residence had gone without food or water "for an extended period of time."

One dog was dead and the others were "severely malnourished," Downs said.

With assistance from the Kern County Animal Control Department, the four living dogs were taken to a veterinarian who found the dogs were in what Downs described as "a severe state of malnourishment."

A necropsy on the dead animal found that malnourishment was a contributing factor.

The dogs owner, identified as Summer Lynn Joplin, 35, was not at home when deputies found the dogs.
She was later arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty and booked into the Taft Jail.
She was later released on bond.