A Georgia woman who has been arrested for allegedly throwing an injured puppy into the ocean told officers she did so because she couldn’t afford a vet, police said.

Candy Selena Marban was arrested Tuesday authorities released a wanted poster for her on Facebook and asked for the public’s help in finding her.

Marban faces a felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty.

Marban faces a felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty. (Tybee Island Police Department)

Police said the post was shared over 2,000 times in less than 24 hours.

The Tybee Island Police Department received a 911 call the afternoon of September 12 regarding a woman who had thrown an injured puppy into the ocean. Officers responded to the call and discovered the dog lying in the sand with obvious injuries.

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Marban, the dog’s owner, told officers the dog was injured in an accident the week before. Police stated that she was unable to take her dog to the vet as she cannot afford it.

Marban received a city ordinance violation for cruelty to animal and placed the puppy in protective custody. Although the dog was taken to an urgent medical center in Savannah, the vet determined that the injuries to the animal were too severe for it to survive. Police obtained a warrant to arrest Marban for aggravated cruelty towards animals.

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It wasn’t clear if Marban has retained an attorney who could speak on her behalf.