Saint, an abused dog discovered in Parker County earlier this month, is doing well with his newly adopted family, Alan and Stacie Brown of Arlington. That’s more than can be said for his former owner David Britt Mendenhall who was taken into custody recently by deputies with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.
Mendenhall was charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal. Specifically stating in a probable cause affidavit: he intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause injury to Saint by failing to provide food, water, shelter and medical care.
Saint was discovered on Oct. 2 by a neighbor, Murray Savage, who said according to the affidavit, that he noticed the yellow pit bull mix, tethered to a tree at 8756 Windmill Ct. He said the dog was having a hard time standing on his hind legs. Having not seen anyone at the house for several days, Savage took the dog some water and noticed his condition worsening and decided to take him home and call animal control.
Animal Control officer Matt Anderson reported that the dog was looking malnourished and in need of medical care. He went a step further and made contact with Jessica Howey, who’s name was on a for sale sign on a car on the property. She told him that Saint was being taken care of by Mendenhall.
Saint was found to have been shot twice in the back while being denied nourishment. As he began to heal it became apparent that he would need a canine wheelchair to get around. Hearing the news, two anonymous donors came forward, one giving Saint the the gift of mobility donating the wheelchair; the other donating the funds to help Saint pending surgery to have the bullet removed near his spine.
Mendenhall was arrested at the 5400 block of Firewood Trail in Granbury for the Class A Misdemenaor and is under $2,500 bond.