11/11/2015 08:37 EST | Updated 11/11/2015 08:59 EST

Dana Pennington, B.C. Woman, Charged After 20-Year-Old Cat Found Near Death

VANCOUVER -- A Salt Spring Island, B.C., woman has been charged with animal cruelty after an SPCA investigation into the case of a 20-year-old cat.

The society says the tabby named Charlie, was rushed to a veterinarian by a neighbour, but had to be put down.

According to the society, the animal was dehydrated, emaciated, flea ridden and had an eye infection.

Erika Paul, an animal protection officer with the SPCA, says Charlie was so malnourished he scored a one on the body-conditioning score table that goes from one to nine.

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Paul notes it's the responsibility of all pet guardians to ensure their animals have proper medical care at all stages of life.

Dana Pennington will make a first court appearance on Nov. 9 at the Ganges courthouse on Salt Spring Island.

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