Two Arrested In Animal Cruelty Case April 30, 2014.
APRIL 30, 2014.
Parker County Animal Control officers were patrolling in Western Lake Estates Tuesday afternoon, April 29, 2014, when they discovered a female pit bull dog with signs of severe neglect, abuse and disease.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said when an officer approached the residence to investigate further, he observed the dog lying next to the front steps of the home.
“Anyone entering the home had to see this dog and the terrible condition she was in,” Sheriff Fowler said.
The Animal Control officer who discovered the dog said it was painful to see an animal in such bad shape. He initially thought the dog was deceased due to her poor appearance.
“I don’t see how anyone could pass her and hear her painful cries and not do a thing to help her,” said Animal Control Officer Matt Anderson, who named the dog Belle.
Anderson immediately took her to the Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter where she was medically evaluated.
A veterinarian determined Belle was severely dehydrated, malnourished and neglected. Belle also suffered from mange, which went untreated for several months.
Two other dogs on the property appeared in relatively good health, but were chained and tangled in a water hose. The other dogs were said to have attacked Belle, leaving her with open wounds, obvious infection, which worsened daily due to lack of medical attention.
Belle was humanly euthanized due to her severe state and inability to recover.
“Belle’s condition was simply traumatic to see,” said Sheriff’s Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler. “Had any one of the suspects sought medical attention in the early stages of infection, Belle would have survived and she would be here with us today. Her condition is tragic and was inflicted at the hands of adults who obviously did not care. Belle’s wounds were open and painful, especially when touched or exposed to the sun. Her cries were unbearable to hear. Her suffering was just senseless and did not have to occur.”
At least three adults were living in the home, located at 106 Tumbleweed Drive, who are believed to be responsible for the neglect and abuse of Belle.
Fowler said the remaining dogs will also be seized by animal control officers.
Jose Luis Burciaga, 20, and Elizabeth Jean Lopez, 42, of Weatherford, were arrested on charges of animal cruelty. Officials said Burciaga is Lopez’ son, and said a warrant is being obtained for another son in connection with the case.
As of Wednesday afternoon, both suspects remained incarcerated at the Parker County Jail. Their bond had not been set.