In a disturbing case of animal neglect, a Tucson man now faces animal cruelty charges after the dog he left in 115 degree heat with no food, shelter or water died. On Saturday, Phil Carreon, 37, was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
According to the TucsonNews, police responded to a call on June 27, referencing two dogs that had been left behind in a vacant home. According to the neighbor, who informed the Tucson Police Department officers about his concern for the dogs, he stated he had noticed several days before a strong odor “like something dead.” When he went over to the home behind him, he found one of the dogs had died. The other dog had been emaciated, dehydrated and suffered from a tick infestation. The neighbor took the female dog home – gave her a bath and cared for her before he took her to a local veterinarian.
The neighbor then called the landlord about the dead dog before calling 911, however the dog already had been removed, but the bloodstains remained on the concrete as well as a strong odor of bleach. Carreon stated he had moved out of the home six weeks prior, but had been returning to care for the dogs. He then stated he went to Phoenix for the weekend, and when he returned, his dog named Charger was found dead in the laundry room.
The witness stated no one had been at the home for at least five days, and there had been no food or water left for the dogs. When Carreon was told his second dog had been taken to the vet for care, Carreon stated he didn’t want the dog anymore. That dog has since been adopted.
Carreon has a court date scheduled for August 22.
Rest in peace sweet dog. We can only hope you find some justice for all of the suffering you had to endure.
(Photo of dog left in 115 degree heat via Facebook and Tucson News)
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