Family: Dog who survived beating passes away with foster family

Family: Dog who survived beating passes away with foster family

Misty, the dog who survived after she was found beaten and near death in a Columbia County lot earlier this year, has passed away, according to a post to social media.

The Facebook page maintained by Brenda, Misty’s foster mom, said Friday afternoon that Misty was surrounded by the family and her veterinarian when she died.

On Jan. 22, Misty was found with head injuries near the French Creek Wildlife Area in a camping bag in a DNR parking lot. Officials called the case “disturbing” and said she had been left for dead. She was cared for by Michael Cooper, who the family says was also by her side when she died.

The post saying Misty had died, which is written in first person as if Misty is speaking, said she had nine months of a “beautiful life” since she was found injured in January.

“You are with me always and your love has lifted me to this place. Good night my friends,” the post said.

In January, Misty’s former owner, Terri L. Benson, of Pardeeville, admitted to hitting her in the head with a hammer. Benson reportedly told officials she couldn’t afford to euthanize Misty, so she hit her and thought she’d died. Benson faces a felony charge of mistreatment of an animal and disorderly conduct. A motion hearing in the case against Benson is Tuesday morning at the Columbia County Courthouse.