BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) — Two Bradenton men were charged with multiple counts of animal abuse after investigators say one of their dogs was found hanging from a fence and their other dogs were found living in deplorable conditions.
On Dec. 11, Bradenton Police Department officers responded to a complaint about a dog in distress. Officers located a dog hanging from the top of a fence by its collar. Officers were able to assist the dog and free it from the fence.
An investigation found that the owners of the dogs lived in the 900 block of 19th Ave West.
While officers and detectives continued their investigation at the owner’s residence, detectives discovered three more dogs that were living in deplorable conditions. Detectives said that both of the outside dog enclosures at the residence were in deplorable condition.
The first enclosure had no food or water and there was broken glass on the ground. There was dog feces and a strong smell of urine in the enclosure.
The second outside dog enclosure contained two smaller dogs who were infested with fleas and covered with dirt. Detectives say the enclosure had no food, dirty water, broken glass on the ground and dried feces and urine throughout.
The dog owners allegedly admitted to police that they have never sought any preventive medical treatment for their dogs and did not have time to care for them.
As a result of these conditions, and the obvious signs of distress the dogs were seized as evidence and placed into the custody of the Bradenton Police Department.
All four dogs were taken to the Humane Society of Manatee County for cruelty and health evaluation. The veterinarian that evaluated these four dogs stated that all four dogs exhibited signs of neglect.
Bradenton Police detectives issued four warrants on the two dog owners for Felony Animal Cruelty.
Two owners were identified, arrested and charged. Rick Arenas-Arroyo age 21, and Pedro Arenas-Guadalupe age 41, were each charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty. Bond was set at $20,000 for each of them.
The dogs are currently up for adoption at the Humane Society of Manatee County. The Humane Society of Manatee County is located at 2515 14th St West, in Bradenton, (941) 747-8808.
Anyone having further information with regard to this case is asked to call Bradenton Police Officer Lixa Moyett at 941-932-9309 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip thru the web at www.manateecrimestoppers.com