New Haven police arrested 32-year-old William Cepeda after finding two, severely neglected pit bulls chained in the yard of a house on 191 Wolcott Street.
Two police officers were tipped off to the neglected dogs after a concerned child approached them while they were working their beat on Wednesday evening.
Both of the tethered dogs were emaciated; one was lying on the ground, covered in flies and motionless, the other was trapped between a tree and bushes. The officers utilized a blanket to help carry the older pit bull away because the dog was unable to walk.
Officers tracked down the neglected dogs' owner and the man admitted that he had not fed the dogs for a week. Cepeda claimed that he could no longer care for the dogs and that he had "no choice but to abandon them."
Both dogs are being treated at the police department's animal shelter. The older dog's prognosis is guarded, but the younger, female, who is approximately 15 pounds underweight, should make a full recovery.
William Cepeda is charged with two counts of animal cruelty for the neglect of his dogs.
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