In a disturbing case of animal cruelty in Edgewood, Florida, two English bulldogs starved to death inside of a cage while their owners lived at the Ritz-Carlton in the Presidential Suite. The owners of the dogs, Erik Corderogomez and Patricia Leahy have been arrested.
According to WeshNews, neighbors had been worried about the dogs since December and had called Animal Control several times after seeing the dogs gradually losing weight. Corderogomez and Leahy had moved out of their home because of a large hole in the roof. Edgewood police officers reported there had been buckets of water flowing onto the floor where a part of the ceiling had collapsed.
Both bulldogs were found together in the cage – one of the dogs had rested his head on the other dog. It is believed the dogs were left in the cage with no food or water for 11 days as their owners racked up a $14,000 hotel bill they were not able to pay. The pair was arrested after the hotel manager contacted Orange County deputies about the bill.
After the arrest, Leahy’s mother went over to the house to check on the house and found the dead dogs. Corderogomez and Leahy have been charged with defrauding an innkeeper and animal cruelty.
Rest in peace pups. We hope you find justice and your owners are severely punished for what you two had to endure.
(Photos screenshots via Wesh News)
A beautiful bond…