Wichita lady sentenced to probation for abandoning kenneled canine in dumpster

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – A Wichita woman charged with cruelty to animals after leaving her kennel and starving dog in a dumpster in southern Wichita will be on parole starting January 2020.

On Tuesday, May 18, a Sedgwick District Court judge sentenced Raykesha Hardyway to 24 months probation. Hardyway is also required to pay a little more than $ 2,400 in restitution and cannot care for, own, or control pets.

Police said Bowie, a pit bull-boxer mix, was severely malnourished in January 2020 when he was found in a dumpster in a closed wire kennel.

Bowie was recovering through the Wichita Animal Action League (WAAL) with a foster family and has since been adopted. Filled out and in good health, it has become something of a celebrated mascot for rescue pets.

In March, Bowie was a semi-finalist in the America’s Favorite Pet competition.

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