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Humane-SocietyCOLUMBIA COUNTY — A 56-year-old Village of Pardeeville woman was arrested after her abandoned dog was found at a DNR parking lot on Thursday evening, January 21st.

Authorities say 56-year-old Terri Benson voluntarily reported to the sheriff’s office as a direct result of the wide range of media and social media coverage of the abandoned and abused dog.

Terri Benson

Terri Benson

Officials say their initial investigation determined that an adult female black lab named “Misty,” was placed in a large duffle bag and left abandoned at the French Creek Wildlife Area. Four young men found the abandoned dog and immediately called the sheriff’s office asking for assistance. Officials say the dog sustained what appears to be blunt force trauma to its head. It is undetermined at this time if the injuries to the dog came before or after the dog was placed in the duffle bag.

DSC_0015The Columbia County Humane Society responded to the scene of the incident and took custody of the black lab.

Sheriff Richards was quoted as saying the following in a news release:

“A situation like this is very disturbing. When a person or family is no longer able to or can afford caring for family pets I urge you to contact a local veterinary service or the Columbia County Humane Society. These family pets deserve to be treated humanely. If you do not have the resources to have your pets euthanized at a veterinary clinic, please do not take the matter into your own hands to prevent family pets from suffering like this black lab has.”


56-year-old Terry Benson was charged with one felony charge of mistreating animals and one misdemeanor charge for abandoning animals.

Benson is scheduled to appear in Columbia County Circuit Court on Monday, January 25th.

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  • Micky S

    Absolutely horrifying. I’m of the opinion that God’s finest creation is the soul of the dog, and anyone inclined to hurt one should be retroactively aborted.

    • Jeremy

      Well put Micky. Hope they find whoever did this. And I PRAY I get to run into them one day. Fox 6 please keep us up to date with this story.

  • Romans14:12

    Animals don’t deserve this type of treatment. All they do is “unconditionally” love us and this is what they get in return. These creatures put their trust in us. Whoever is responsible for this just remember, you have gotten away with NOTHING! GOD knows what you have done and you will give an account for this! GOD bless you, sweet baby.

  • atacs

    That dogs life is worth 100 times what your ugly ass life is worth. I would love to put you in that duffle bag and water board you for a week!

  • William Dault

    Please i will take this beautiful dog, im so sorry. If i can please email me at daultwilliam@ yahoo .com. please!

  • Gary Hamilton

    What a witch! I hope that poor dog will be alright. If she could take the dog and abandon it in a bag , why in God’s name couldn’t she take it to a humane society!

  • KariAnn

    This is sad. However, I have to question if she would have turned this dog into the humane society initially, what they would have done. My guess is euthanasia. The fact that the dog was put in duffle bag in public lot makes this a story, therefore publicity for media and the humane society. It is definitely never right to hurt or mistreat any living thing, but it’s only when something horrific happens that it is perpetuated in the media. This is why I never or rarely watch the news as propaganda seems to be the only agenda.

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