From My FOX Memphis
A southwest Memphis man has been charged with animal cruelty after police discovered a dead pit bull and malnourished dog in his backyard.
Officers were called to his home on 3700 block on Skylark where they discovered a dead pit bull and very thin dog. Neighbors say Owens and his girlfriend who lived there had not been seen in two weeks. Officers founds no sign of food or fresh water in the backyard.
Felony response determined Owens was in violation of cruelty to animals which is defined as torturing an animal and failing to provide food and water resulting in a substantial risk of death or death.
Dr. Coleman with Animal Crime Scene Investigation made the scene and determined the pitbull mix had died 24-30 hours before and the possible cause of death was starvation.
An autopsy will be done to determine the exact cause.
Owens gave a typed statement advising he hadn't lived there in a week and did not feed the dogs in two weeks.