Marban reportedly told officers the dog had been injured in an accident, but she couldn’t afford to take the puppy to the vet. Tybee Island Police issued Marban a citation for cruelty to animals. The dog was subsequently put in protective custody.
According to Tybee Island Police, the dog was taken to Savannah for emergency medical treatment. A veterinarian performed a "thorough examination," but, according to police, "the extent of the animal’s injuries was so severe that the only recourse would be euthanasia."
Detectives issued a warrant for Marban’s arrest on a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.