SOUTH OGDEN — Formal charges were filed Monday against a woman who police say had a dead cat, a severely injured dog, and other animals in her home.
Victoria Vyacheslavovna Dudnik, 21, of South Ogden, was charged in 2nd District Court with torture of a companion animal, a third-degree felony. She was also charged in a separate case on Monday with drug possession with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony; drug possession with intent to distribute, a third-degree felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.
The investigation began in September when a South Ogden Animal Control officer went to Dudnik’s residence at the request of the landlord to pick up a dead kitten found wrapped in a wash cloth, three other cats, and a dog that was later determined to have four broken legs, according to charging documents. The dog could not stand and “smelled strongly of infection,” the charges state.
“Officers noticed that the dog had a wound on top of its head and a swollen jaw. The dog was emaciated and had no access to water, and appeared to have a broken hip or pelvis as the dog was unable to put any weight on it. This dog was later identified as a dog that was reported missing from the Humane Society,” according to the charges.
The dog was determined to be one that Dudnik was supposed to return to the Humane Society but claimed she had lost, the charges state.
Prosecutors noted that the dog “flat lined twice” while being treated for its various injuries. A vet reported the dog had multiple bone fractures in various states of healing, believed to have been caused over multiple incidents, the charges state.
Police were called to further investigate. Neighbors reported “hearing banging noises coming from Victoria’s condo along with yipping simultaneously. The neighbors reported that this happened on numerous occasions. Neighbors had recordings of the dog screaming loudly with several bangs,” according to charging documents.
When interviewed by officers, “Victoria did say that she knew the dog was injured badly because it could not walk, and it would scream every time she would move it. Victoria said she neglected seeking medical attention for the dog because she could not afford it,” the charges state.
While investigating the animal torture case, police found marijuana and THC products in Dudnik’s residence, and then found out she was selling the products on social media, the charges state.
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