A Burkburnett man is charged with cruelty to animals after police and animal control officers said two of six dogs in a man’s yard died and none had access to water and food.
Officials said the four dogs that were still alive were eating one of the dead dogs.
Police and animal control went to a home in the 500 block of East College after getting a complaint about the condition of six dogs in the backyard on March 8.
The officers said they could see one dead dog tied to a cable and five that appeared in poor health.
They said the owner, Kenneth Bullard, then arrived and said he owned all the dogs, and he gave them consent to go in the yard to check on them.
Officers say the dead, female dog was on its right side tied to a short length of cable.
He said the other dogs had ribs showing, sunken hips and thick liquid built up around their eyes, and all five appeared very timid and afraid of people, even of the owner.
They said they saw no source of food or water and asked Bullard where their food and water was, and he pointed to an empty metal tub, saying the dogs sometimes knocked it over.
But officers said it was dry and actually had dirt in it, and there was no sign of water around it.
Officers returned to the home five days later and found another dead dog which was missing its right forearm and was being eaten by the surviving dogs.
The affidavit does not state where the remaining dogs are now or their conditions, though we are attempting to learn more through the police department.