NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A New Haven man who reportedly told police he didn't have time to deal with his dogs has been arrested on animal cruelty charges, after the animals were found tied up, without food, water or shelter.
William Cepeda is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 5 over the conditions of his pitbull terriers Tiny and Shante.
"His story was 'I don't have the time to deal with this, I don't have the wherewithal to house these animals', and he just left them to die," said Officer David Hartman, New Haven Police Department.
Tiny was found so emaciated he doesn't even want to move. Shante, while very thin, is in better shape.
It was a neighborhood boy who told police about a sick doggie that led to the arrest. Just hearing how the animals were left tied up in the backyard of the Wolcott Street house has neighbors outraged.
"I don't know what to say," said Robyn Mrazik, New Haven. "I just, I have a pitbull myself and she is the love of my life."
When Tiny was found, he was so weak that he couldn't walk. Officers used a blanket as a makeshift stretcher to transport him to the New Haven Animal Shelter. He is doing better, at least trying to get up, and eating.
Both he and Shante are considered evidence in the case so a judge will decide when or if they can be put up for adoption.
Cepeda told police he just couldn't afford to feed the animals, but the New Haven Animal Shelter does provide free dog food so struggling families can feed their pets.
The animal cruelty charge is a misdemeanor. Cepeda, who was arrested Aug. 28, was released on a promise to appear in court.
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