Sheriff: Dog who lost leg to abuse needs a loving home

SWEET HOME, Ore. - A Boxer named Willow who lost a leg to amputation after being injured by her caretaker needs a new home, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies arrested the caretaker - 27-year-old Jonathan Michael Farris - on a charge of first degree animal abuse.

Willow, about 18 months old, suffered a broken leg when Farris threw her to the ground, the sheriff said. The injury was so severe her leg had to be amputated.

The case started July 22 when Linn County Animal Control received a call regarding two Boxers running at large in the area of 37th Circle in Sweet Home.

Deputies found both female dogs and seized them as strays.

One Boxer was approximately 8 months old and was not injured.

The other dog, Willow, required extensive medical care due to her injuries.

Deputies located the owner of the dogs and identified her as Denise Armstrong of Sweet Home.

Armstrong told deputies she was unable to care for the dogs so she gave them to Farris, her nephew, to board and care for them, the sheriff's office said.

Armstrong also told deputies she learned Farris had beaten the dogs and threw them outside his home.

On July 30, deputies contacted Farris at his residence on 37th Circle in Sweet Home.
Farris admitted to deputies that he threw Willow to the ground, which caused her leg to break, the sheriff said.

Armstrong signed over ownership of both dogs to Linn County Animal Shelter.

The 8-month old has been adopted out but Willow is still in need of a loving home, Sheriff Bruce Riley said.

Riley is asking anyone interested in adopting Willow, to please contact Linn County Animal Shelter at 3008 Ferry Street SW in Albany, or call (541) 967-3925 for further details.

Riley thanked the staff at Linn Veterinary Hospital and Reid Veterinary Hospital for their care and support for Willow.

Farris's next scheduled court appearance is August 20 in Linn County Circuit Court.