A local woman has been charged with animal cruelty after she allegedly abandoned a dog, that was reportedly suffering from an ulcer, at Moose Point State Park.

Courtney N. Burns, 25, of Searsport was summoned on the charge Wednesday, July 24, according to Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye.

LaHaye said Burns allegedly tethered the sick animal to a bush at Moose Point State Park during the early morning hours of July 24 and left the dog there. In the hours that followed, LaHaye said police received reports about the dog from park personnel and people who had visited the park that morning, and all reported that it appeared the dog was alone and had been abandoned, LaHaye said.

When officers arrived, LaHaye said, the dog was identified as an animal that was under Burns’ care. LaHaye said Burns had initially contacted police back in June and stated that someone had dropped a sick dog off at her home, and due to that complaint, the animal at the park was quickly identified as the same dog that was in Burns’ possession a couple of months ago.

LaHaye said he did not know whether the dog was male or female, but stated that the animal was suffering from an ulcer in the region of its belly. LaHaye said the animal was transported to Blake Veterinary Hospital in Northport for treatment.