Dad, daughter in trouble for dumping dog

The Washington County Dog Warden has identified the person who placed a neglected elderly chihuahua nmed Precious in a dumpster at the Marietta Bantam Baseball Field concession stand near the Marietta Fairgrounds Wednesday.

Melinda Layson, 31, of 3164 Kohl Road, Whipple, is being charged with animal cruelty and abandonment after it was discovered that she dumped the dog belonging to her father at the dumpster near Linwood Avenue.

Her father, Delbert Offenberger, 65, of 725 Fourth St., Marietta, was also charged with animal cruelty.

Deputy Kelly McGilton reported that after receiving a tip, Layson said that her father had been hospitalized Monday and told her that the dog was too old and should not be kept alive.

McGilton said the dog was found extremely emaciated, blind and with a broken leg. It was later euthanized by a vet.

“She went over there around 8:30 a.m. (Wednesday), saw the dog, shook it, and thought it was dead,” McGilton said.

The story was not believable because the dog was standing and showing other signs of life, she said.

The animal cruelty charges pending against Offenberger and Layson are both first-degree misdemeanors.

“He called and told her that it needed to go and he didn’t care what she did with it, he just didn’t know what to know about it,” McGilton said.

East Lawn Memorial Cemetery has offered to bury Precious at its pet cemetery and provide a gravestone.

A special memorial service will be held at the cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday.