South Carolina residents Jessica James, 32, and Skylar Craft, 38, have been charged with the ill treatment of animals, Fox Carolina reported.
The dog at the center of the case, a 6-year-old Great Dane — now named Luke — was found in November by authorities with the Ware Shoals Police Department after they received a call regarding a “very skinny” Great Dane that was missing over half of his back right leg.
They were reportedly aware the dog was injured but could not afford to take it to the vet, Fox Carolina reported, adding the couple "gave conflicting accounts" of how long Luke had been tied up.
While two other dogs found at the residence were reportedly “fine,” according to Noah’s Arks Rescue, “the Great Dane had been so starved that he had eaten his foot off to survive.
Luke’s recovery has been an arduous process; the dog has reportedly suffered from “intestinal issues,” the rescue center said, adding the Great Dane’s heart is another “major issue.”