GRAPHIC IMAGE: Tipton couple pleads not guilty in animal cruelty case

Friends of the Animals shelter and Tipton Police are asking the public for tips about an emaciated dog found next to a dumpster on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017..
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TIPTON, Iowa (KCRG) A Tipton couple has pleaded not guilty to animal neglect charges.

Troy and Rielle Worby face charges after a severely emaciated dog on the ground next to a dumpster outside of Friends of the Animals shelter back in February. Police say the couple owned the dog which later died.

The shelter named the dog Hope. They found her covered in urine burns and feces. Shelter officials determined Hope had likely been confined to a small kennel for a long period of time.

Troy has pleaded not guilty to animal neglect and abandonment of cats and dogs. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 2.

Rielle has pleaded not guilty to animal neglect. Her next court appearance is scheduled for May 5.

A charge of animal neglect causing death carries a fine between $315 to $1,875 and up to one year in prison. The abandoning an animal charge comes with a fine between $65 and $625, and up to 30 days in jail in lieu of or in addition to the fine.