The dog was taken to a veterinarian for evaluation. Police then returned the dog to Winternheimer’s mother, who is its owner.
"The officers checked the residence and looked around to make sure the dog was in good care," Palmer told the Ledger.
Winternheimer, 32, was arrested at her home on Monday and charged with animal cruelty, the Ledger reported. She was later released on a $1,500 bond.
She was previously convicted of child abuse in 2010 and sentenced to 12 years, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.