A 52-year-old man accused of neglecting two dogs has been charged with two counts of first-degree animal cruelty.
Pierce County prosecutors said the man was supposed to care for a Golden Retriever puppy given to his daughter by her boyfriend’s mother but failed to feed it or provide medical care. He is also accused of neglecting another dog in his care.
Charging papers tell this story:
The boyfriend’s mother complained to the Tacoma Humane Society about the dog’s condition, claiming the dogs lived in filthy conditions and were “skin and bones.”
An animal control officer checked on the dogs Jan. 27 and found that while they were kept in a relatively clean area with straw, they were “in bad shape.”
The officer could see one dog’s ribs and believed the other one suffered from a skin condition. When she asked what kind of food the man gave the dogs, he was unable to name the product and did not have any dog food in the home at that time.
Although the man initially declined to give the dog to his daughter’s boyfriend, he eventually signed both dogs over to the animal control officer at the end of January.
A veterinarian determined that both dogs were emaciated, dehydrated, anemic and infested with fleas.