Three members of a family in Fort Bend County, Texas, have been arrested and are facing charges after their dog was found dead after being hanged by a wire cable at their residence. According to the Houston Chronicle, the people facing charges for the dog’s death are Juan Javier Lopez, age 41, Maria DeJesus Lopez, age 41 and Alejandro Lopez, 18.
According to the authorities, the family failed to check on the dog for three days and the dog died after getting tangled in the wire tether. The investigators also determined that the dog had been deprived of food and was emaciated.
Sgt. Stacy Schuelke, an investigator for the animal crimes task force, stated:
The dog got tangled up in the wire so that it was around his back legs and ended up suspending him from the wire so he couldn’t touch the ground.
“The dog was thin and going hungry,” Schuelke said, “They hadn’t paid any attention to it.”
When questioned, the family admitted that they hadn’t checked on the dog for three days. Nobody is sure how long the dog was caught up in the wire before dying – it was his legs which were tangled and he likely suffered greatly before finally passing away.
The family members are charged with one count (each) of misdemeanor cruelty to a non-livestock animal.
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