LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – A woman faces animal cruelty charges after Las Vegas police say she left two dogs tied up in a backyard on Tuesday without food or water, resulting in the deaths of animals.
According to an arrest report, the woman, identified as Jael Feliciano, called the police for help after returning home from shopping and found her two dogs dead.
According to the report, Feliciano told police she left her two dogs, Tiny and Buster, tied to her chain link fence at 9:30 a.m. while she went shopping. She said she got home around 11:15 a.m. and the dogs were still alive in the yard. After leaving, on her return around 2:30 p.m., she found the dead animals in the yard.
An arriving officer examined the dogs and, based on her previous experience as an animal control officer, she recognized several signs that the animals had died from heat stroke.
The report said the dogs had dug holes where they were tied and their paws, mouths and noses were covered with soil.
Police said the dogs lacked water and shade, and the National Weather Service was reporting the temperature was 105 degrees.
The report said that at 3:30 p.m., an LVMPD agent took a temperature reading of the ground where the dogs were. Two readings were taken near the dogs; one reading showed the ground to be 159 degrees and the second showed the ground to be 162 degrees.
Police note that the tether was less than six feet long and would not have allowed dogs to stray away from the fence or find shade.
While she was away, according to the arrest report, the woman’s half-sister arrived at the house, heard the dogs barking and saw that they appeared to be in distress. She said she didn’t recognize the dogs and called Feliciano ten times but didn’t reach her.
Feliciano told police she was watching the dogs for her mother. She told officers her phone was dead and she had not received calls from her half-sister, the report says.