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Wichita woman sentenced to probation for abandoning kenneled dog in dumpster

Bowie, the pit bull-boxer mix with a well-known rescue story in the Wichita area, earlier this...
Bowie, the pit bull-boxer mix with a well-known rescue story in the Wichita area, earlier this spring was in the running to win a $5,000 prize for the Wichita Animal Action League to help in its efforts to rescue more pets and find forever homes for them.(Wichita Animal Action League)
Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 4:35 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A Wichita woman charged with cruelty to animals after abandoning her kenneled and starving dog in a south Wichita dumpster faces probation in the case from January 2020.

On Tuesday, May 18, a Sedgwick County District Court judge sentenced Raykesha Hardyway to 24 months probation. Hardyway must also pay a little more than $2,400 in restitution and cannot care for, possess or have control of any domestic animal.

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

Bowie recovered with a foster family through the Wichita Animal Action League  (WAAL) and has since been adopted. Filled out and in good health, he’s become a celebrated mascot of sorts for rescue pets.

In March, Bowie was a semifinalist in the “America’s Favorite Pet” competition.

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