In Houston, Texas, the owner who left their puppy chained up with no water or shelter to die in the backyard has been charged with animal cruelty. On Monday, the Justice for Rocko, left to die by heatstroke Facebook page posted the results of the necropsy performed on the dog:
“Cruelty charges have been filed against the owner of Rocko, the dog who died tied up in his backyard in the Acres Homes area. Necropsy results confirm Rocko died of heat exhaustion,” stated KhouNews.
Less than a week ago, a picture of the dog lying lifeless in the backyard of a home was posted to social media and shared hundreds of times. When animal rescuer Robert Acuna saw the photo and the post, he decided to do some investigation on his own and went to the home to check if anything could be done to help the dog, but by the time he arrived the dog named Rocko had died.
Harris County Constable Precinct 1’s Animal Cruelty Unit launched an investigation. According to the dog’s owner, Rocko had been in good health, but the lack of water, shelter and a too short leash caused the dog to die of heat stroke. Texas Penal Code calls for the following:
- A dog can be tied up but must be on a rope or chain at least 10 feet in length or five times the length of the dog.
- The animal must have access to food, water, shelter and veterinary care.
The names of Rocko’s owners have not been released. Tragically, it doesn’t matter how many times news is shared of dogs dying from the heat when left in parked cars or owners leaving their dogs outside in the 95 degree humidity heat with no water or shelter, innocent pets still suffer and die.
Rest in peace Rocko, and we hope you get some justice.
(Photo of Houston dog in backyard via Facebook)
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