In Houston, Texas, the Houston Humane Society, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 5 have filed charges against the owners of a mangy puppy found lying on dirty laundry in a vacant house.
According to the Houston Humane Society, Elisha Gonzalez, 44, appeared in court on Thursday morning, answering to charges of animal neglect. She is accused of abandoning and severely neglecting a seven-month-old chocolate Labrador retriever puppy after leaving her home in east Houston last month. When the dog was discovered by animal control in early October, they found the mangy puppy lying on top of a pile of dirty laundry; her undernourished body covered in mange and open sores. Tristan Hancock, 21, also faces charges of cruelty to a non-livestock animal.
Dubbed Bella, the friendly but extremely mangy puppy was immediately transferred to the Houston Humane Society’s Animal Wellness Clinic for care. According to the Patch, Monica Schmidt, a spokesperson for the Houston Humane Society, stated this was one of the most horrific cases of neglect she had ever encountered. AbcNews reports it was initially unclear if Bella would survive, but with medications and continued treatment, the dog is now scheduled to be adopted by a local family.
If convicted of the misdemeanor, Gonzales and Hancock face up to one year in the Harris County Jail and a fine of up to $4,000. Prosecutors stated they will be seeking jail sentences.
(Photos of mangy puppy via the Houston Humane Society)
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