Roxy's owner arrested


The owner of an emaciated dog name "Roxy" was arrested for animal cruelty.

Erath County resident Alexandria Brantley, 22, turned herself into authorities Friday. She was released from the Erath County Jail after posting a $500 bond.

Roxy, a two-year-old Great Dane, was rescued by a passerby who saw her chained up in a backyard and brought her to Cornerstone Small Animal Hospital in August.

Roxy reportedly weighed only 50 pounds - half of her normal body weight - and had ant bites all over her body and wounds from a chain she was tethered to.

Five days later, Roxy died, sparking outrage locally and beyond.

Investigator Jeremy Woodruff with the Erath County Sheriff's Office and Dr. Lauren Adams who worked to save Roxy called it one of the worst cases of animal cruelty they have ever seen.

Brantley has hired Stephenville attorney David Stokes.

Stokes said his client cared for the animal and tried to get it help.

"They did everything they could to help that dog," Stokes said Monday. "They loved that dog."

He said Roxy stayed in the house most of the time until she became so ill she had to be put outside because of constant vomiting and diarrhea.

If convicted, Brantley faces a fine of up to $4,000 and one year in jail.