Emaciated Dog At The Center Of Animal Cruelty Investigation Has Died

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A dog at the center of an animal cruelty investigation has passed away according an animal rescue organization.

Thursday, Dallas Dog Rescue confirmed via facebook, Justice, “laid down for a nap and he did not wake up.” DDRRR had been caring for Justice’s neglect related injuries, “He was fighting for his life. He had been diagnosed with bronchitis and early stage of pneumonia, he was strong heartworm positive, loaded with worms, extremely emaciated and in kidney failure.”

According to DDRRR, Justice had been struggling with his kidney.” the post continues, “[we] had him on multiple rounds of antibiotics treating the upper respiratory infection. His mouth was infected and his teeth had not been stable enough since he arrived to have surgery.”

Justice suffered from an infection in his jaw and developed an agonizing cough in the weeks following his rescue, “He can barely breath. His heartworms are extremely strong.” said a caretaker.

Local 23 News first reported on Justice’s living conditions after Weslaco police confirmed the owners, Rosita Cantu, and Elias Castro gave the dog to an  Animal Control Officer. The police response stems from a Facebook post showing Justice chained to a makeshift dog house with what appeared to be a broken jaw and malnourished. 

Four days into an investigation, Weslaco Police amid pressure from social media and evidence from a veterinarian arrested Castro and Cantu and charged the two with Class A misdemeanor cruelty to animal non-livestock. 

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