Posted: Dec 28, 2012 5:52 PM by Andrew Ellison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Dec 28, 2012 6:44 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - After talking with concerned residents in one southside neighborhood, 6 News has learned that animals at a house on Milo Street are suffering.
Neighbors say the animals are being starved to death.
12 year old Justin Ramirez lives across the street, and says he rarely sees the renters that occupy the house. He says the animals live in horrible conditions.
"They never feed them. They're always chained up," Ramirez says.
The dogs have been especially hurt. Neighbors say several have been neglected over the past year.
So the neighborhood has stepped up to help these animals.
Nora Buentello, like many of the neighbors, has gone into the backyard herself to help feed the dogs.
"The large pitbull, I mean he was just a skeleton with fur. I mean his head was bigger than his body. And then there was a puppy in a cage, and so I gave them food and water," She says.
One neighbor, Julian Cardiel, even asked the renter if he could take in her young boxer, who he says was in horrible shape.
"Very skinny, very skinny. You could see all the bones in her back... It brought a tear to my eye to see a dog like this," Cardiel says.
He says she was 19 pounds when he took her in, now she's happy, healthy, and back to a normal weight.
We tried to ask the renters why the neighborhood has had to take care of their dogs, but no one answered the door.
For now, pets in that house are lucky to have neighbors that care.
And in the case of one little boxer, one man made all the difference. He saved her life.
"Somebody had to. She was going to die," Cardiel says.
6 News tried to contact Animal Control several times today, but we have not heard back about the status of this case or if there is a case.
Neighbors say they called Animal Control two weeks ago.
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