A youngster living near the streets of James and Wolcott of New Haven, Conn. most likely saved the lives of two pit bulls who had been tied to a tree, abandoned, and left with no food, water, or shelter. On Wednesday, the child flagged down two New Haven police officers and expressed his concern about the condition of one of the dogs.
According to the Courant.com, a gray, emaciated female dog was found tangled up in the bushes while tied to a tree in the backyard at 191 Wolcott Street.
Another neighbor then led authorities to an older black and white pit bull who could not move. Flies swarmed around the motionless, starving dog.
The owner of the dogs, William Cepeda, 32, of Greenwich Avenue allegedly told authorities he could no longer afford to care for the dogs explaining he did take both dogs to a veterinarian to euthanize the dogs, but the vet refused.
NBC Connecticut reports both dogs were taken to the Animal Control Division of the New Haven Police Department where the dogs are slowly recuperating. Cepeda claimed he didn't feed the older dog because he wouldn't eat, however the dog's caretakers stated the dog gobbled up a treat offered to him.
The prognosis for the younger dog is encouraging. At this time she is 15 pounds underweight. The older dog's condition is still listed as guarded.
Cepeda has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty.
Please report all suspected cases of animal neglect and cruelty. Many thanks to this child for notifying authorities about the dogs in dire need of rescue. Congratulations to this child's parents.
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