Two Cobb County residents are accused of allowing 10 dogs to live in filthy conditions and failing to provide veterinary care for the animals, who suffered from flea infestation and other illnesses, according to police.
Officers were called to the Zelma Street home, off Favor Road near Marietta, on a report of a loose dog in the area, Officer Alicia Chilton with Cobb police said. Police located the dog’s owners, along with several dogs living in deplorable conditions, including in an area contaminated by feces and urine, according to police.
Gloria Esquivel Fraire and Jesus Esquivel were given several opportunities to provide better living conditions for their dogs, but did not comply, Chilton said. On July 8, animal control officers returned to the home.
Rosetto, a 3-year-old Terrier in the home, had hair loss, dermatitis and flea allergies; Chico, a 3-year-old Pit Bull, had heartworms and fly bites to both ears that left open wounds; and Buddy, a 3-year-old Golden Retriever, was malnourished and had an ear infection and heartworms.
Eight days later, arrest warrants were issued for Fraire and Esquivel.
Fraire and Esquivel released 10 dogs to animal control officers, Chilton said.
Fraire was arrested Friday and charged with six counts of cruelty to animals, according to police. She was released early Saturday after posting $5,000 bond, jail records showed.
Esquivel has been charged with four counts of cruelty to animals, but had not been arrested early Monday afternoon. His bond will be set at $3,500, his arrest warrant states.
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