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Ex-MTV reality star faces local animal abuse charge

Madeleine Cornish (Source: LMDC) Madeleine Cornish (Source: LMDC)
NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Police found a puppy so malnourished that he ranked the lowest number possible on the body condition scale used by veterinarians.

According to an arrest warrant, Madeleine Cornish, 22, was in the process of moving when she intentionally abandoned her mastiff puppy.

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Benson, the puppy, was left for over three weeks without food, water or care. When Cornish returned to the house, Benson was severely malnourished and dehydrated.

Instead of taking the puppy to get treatment, Cornish dropped Benson in the 300 block of S. Ewing Street in an attempt to avoid prosecution.


When Benson received care, they ranked him a ‘1' on the body condition score chart used by vets. That is the lowest and worst number an animal can receive.


Benson has been known as Hank since he has been in the care of the Arrow Fund. Found wandering around the Clifton neighborhood on July 10, the puppy has been improving and receiving the love and care he needs while police searched for the person responsible. 


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You may recognize Cornish from the 2010 MTV reality show ‘Baby High' which profiled four students enrolled in TAPP (Teenage Parenting Program) at the Westport Alternative High School in Louisville. 

Cornish is being charged with animal cruelty and tampering with physical evidence, a felony. 

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