William Andrew Tellis of Washington, DC, was arrested today on a warrant obtained by the Humane Rescue Alliance and charged with cruelty to animals.
On Feb. 5, HRA Animal Care and Control Officers picked up a two-year-old, male dog belonging to Tellis. At 48 pounds, the dog was severely underweight, with his hip bones, vertebrae, and rib cage easily discernible. A strong scent of urine emanated from the dog’s coat.
Later that day, an HRA Humane Law Enforcement Officer conducted a walkthrough of Tellis’ NE apartment. The Officer saw a large amount of debris and trash in the living room and kitchen, and two large aquariums on the kitchen counter with dark green water. HRA Animal Care and Control removed four red eared slider turtles and four goldfish from the dirty tanks.
In the bedroom, the Officer saw feces covering the floor, empty food and water bowls, and teeth and chew marks on multiple surfaces. There was no evidence of dog food in the apartment.
The fish have been adopted and the turtles were transported to a rescue organization. The dog, now named Tiger, is up for adoption at HRA’s New York Avenue NE adoption center.
“Within 10 days of being in the care of the Humane Rescue Alliance, Tiger gained eight pounds simply through regular feedings and proper animal husbandry,” said Chris Schindler, Vice President of Field Services at HRA. “He’s now ready for the next chapter of his life where he will never experience cruelty again.”
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