Based on an anonymous tip, Union County deputies and El Dorado Animal Control officers discovered what they deemed one of the worst cases in animal cruelty they’d ever witnessed on Wednesday in El Dorado, according to a UCSO report.
A deputy was dispatched at approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to a residence in the 1900 block of Morning Star Road where he first noted a “larger style breed dog” tied to a tree. Surrounding the dog the deputy noted blue plastic trash cans apparently used for bedding and a galvanized can that may have been used for water.
“It was apparent that the dog was severely dehydrated and starved,” the deputy wrote. “Due to the condition of the dog, I noticed it was having difficulty barking and standing.”
According to the report, the deputy discovered a small- to medium-sized dog on the other side of the house “that appeared to be severely starved.” Further investigation revealed that the dog was tied to the inside of a wooden style garage and was able to exit through a small hole in the structure’s front door.
“As the dog began trying to bark and walk towards me, the dog was so weak that it fell down,” he wrote.
Attempts to make contact with the owners were unsuccessful, however, the landlord advised that a cat in poor condition and a dog in good health were inside the residence. She added that the owners had brushed aside her past concerns for the animals, stating that the heat or their inability to afford care for the animals was the reason for their poor health.
El Dorado Animal Control officers took the outdoor dogs into custody after witnessing “some of the worst dogs they have ever seen in this condition.”
“Upon placing the noose around the brown dog, the dog was so weak that it fell to the ground as it was being led to the back of the truck,” the deputy wrote. “Both dogs were so weak that they could barely bark as they were being caught to be loaded.”
He noted neither dog drank the water offered to them despite the 100-degree temperatures.
A tag was placed at the front door advising owners to make contact with animal control when they returned, according to the report.
Animal cruelty, which is listed as the charge within the report, is a class A misdemeanor in Arkansas.