The woman accused of owning a dog mistreated for so long it wound up losing a leg is behind bars this week through the next three months.

Jessica Nicole Huey, 35, of Cottondale was the owner of the dog now known as Lucky. On Sept. 4, 2019, Lucky was found severely injured and untreated by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Lucky’s back right leg had gotten tangled in a tether used to retain him. Investigators said they believe Huey provided no care to the injury for at least one month, while infection spread and his leg nearly rotted off.

Animal Control was notified, and they took the dog from Huey and took it to the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, where Lucky got his new name and a new lease on life.
Meanwhile, authorities put out a warrant for Huey on second-degree animal cruelty charges. She was arrested Sept. 21 and scheduled to appear in court Jan. 15.

<p></p><p>On Jan. 15, Huey was convicted an sentenced to two years probation, 12 months to serve with a mandatory 90-day stay in the Tuscaloosa County Jail. During her probation, Huey will not be allowed to own a pet.</p>

Also on Jan. 15, she was given 14 days to appeal on a $1,500 appeal bond or report to the Tuscaloosa County Jail for her sentence. Authorities said she did not comply with either order, so a writ was issued Feb. 3 to place her in jail for the 90-day period.

On Feb. 25, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Bibb County Sheriff’s Office acted on several anonymous tips and found Huey, who was taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

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