Carnarvon police have rescued a dog suffering significant pain from untreated infections — with a local officer paying for the vet bill out of their own pocket — and charged a 38-year-old man with animal cruelty. On Wednesday, July 5, Carnarvon police received information from the community on what sounded like someone was verbally and physically abusing a dog and that the dog was allegedly yelping. Acting Sergeant Tyler Winter said police attended the address and located the dog with old injuries causing significant pain and ingrown nails that hadn’t been treated. “Police attended and seized the dog after they located it cowering in the yard with several infected wounds over its body,” he said. “It is believed the maltreatment was over a considerable period of time due to its injuries.” Sgt Winter said police did not believe the injuries were because of an accident and allege a 38-year-old man failed to seek medical attention for the dog. “The dog was taken to a local vet for treatment and an attending police officer used their own money to pay the vet bills,” he said. The 38-year-old man was charged cruelty to animals by failing to take reasonable steps to alleviate harm suffered and will appear in Carnarvon Magistrates Court on August 7.