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Weslaco pet owners facing charges for animal cruelty

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Weslaco pet owners facing charges for animal cruelty. (Source: KGBT Photo and Weslaco PD)

On Thursday, two Weslaco residents were arraigned on charges of animal cruelty.

According to police, a dog in the care of Elias Castro, 50, and Rosita Cantu, 45, was suffering from a deteriorated jaw from an infection, heartworms, malnourishment and more.

Over the weekend photos of the dog, which appeared to be hungry and in need of help, were posted on Facebook.

“I know on social media there was a huge response making false claims saying the department knew about this, but we went back and looked at our records and that wasn’t true,” said Officer Eric Hernandez, a veteran with the Weslaco Police Department. 

Weslaco police responded and took custody of the dog on Sunday.

“They are facing one count of cruelty to live stock animals, a class A misdemeanor,” said Samuel Sanchez, Municipal Judge for Weslaco.

Their bond was set at $20,000 each.

The dog, who the owners called “Razor” for over 13 years, is now being named “Justice” by local non-profits. 

The dog has been treated by a veterinarian over the last several days. 

“Right now the dog is recovering, we just received word 20 minutes ago that the dog is responding, he’s eating wet food and he is mobile than he we first picked it up,” said Hernandez. 

The dog is currently at a foster home in the Rio Grande Valley.

 Weslaco Police say they take all cases, including animal cruelty very seriously and will prosecute.

“If they have a concern, and they feel there’s an animal that needs help, reach out to your local police department and have them do a followup,” said Hernandez.

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