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POLICE: Louisville man charged after dog found with melon-sized tumor

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Romont Halsell (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Romont Halsell (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man was charged with cruelty to animals after police say a dog was found chained up in his back yard with a collar embedded into its flesh.

According to a criminal complaint, police went to the home of 32-year-old Romont Halsell, near the corner of S. 41st St. and W. Market St. on Sept. 27. There they allegedly found a dog chained in the back yard with a collar embedded around its neck.

Halsell's mother allegedly told police that the dog had been in that condition for "a couple of days."

At the time police found it, the dog was chained to a non-working trolley and had no access to water, according to police.

When Halsell's mother took the dog to the vet, police say maggots were discovered in the wound and the collar had been embedded several inches.

"The vet stated that it would have taken several weeks for the collar to embed that deeply," police say.

A melon-sized tumor was located on the dog's body, according to the criminal complaint, and the vet had advised removing it back in Dec. 2011.

The dog was also infested with heartworms, hookworms, whipworm and tapeworms, police say.

Halsell was served a criminal summons on Tuesday.

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