A couple in Newark, New Jersey, have been arrested for allegedly caging their puppy and starving him. According to NJ.com, 29-year-old Jose E. Martinez, and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Porchia Williams, regularly failed to feed their six-month-old pit bull puppy and they kept him confined to a filthy, urine and feces-filled cage inside of their apartment.
Accusations and charges
In a release, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office detailed the puppy’s suffering – noting that he weighed a mere 8.5 pounds when he was rescued and was suffering from urine burns, and pressure sores, on his body. The pup was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic for care – his current condition is unknown.
The couple accused of the blatant neglect were arrested and released. They are facing animal cruelty charges and are expected to appear in court to face those charges in January.
(Screenshot of booking photos via NJ.com)
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