Sheriff's office: 'severely malnourished' dogs rescued

MARICOPA, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A woman was arrested over the weekend for allegedly starving one dog to death and nearly killing four more with a lack of food.

Summer Lynn Joplin, 35, owned the dogs at a home on the 400 block of Olive Street in Maricopa, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies were sent to the home Saturday and found one dog dead and the others "severely malnourished," according to the sheriff's office.

The dogs allegedly lived for an extended period without food or water.

The living dogs were transported to a veterinary hospital in Bakersfield.