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JEFFERSON, La. -- The owner of a pit bull given to the Jefferson SPCA in emaciated condition is now facing charges.

Last week, Wanda Haywood was arrested and booked on animal cruelty charges.

When 'Athena' was turned over to the SPCA, she weighed only 25 pounds. But after a little love and care, Athena has been able to gain 15 pounds.

Officials say she is doing well on her road to recovery and that she will most likely find a permanent home with the woman who is fostering her.

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