WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Three Washington, DC residents were recently arrested for animal cruelty offenses, according to the Washington Humane Society.
Ronald Hamlin, 35, and Evelyn Hamlin, 37, of the 1200 block of Savannah St. SE, were arrested March 26 for failing to provide their dog with proper food, space and necessary veterinary care. Michelle Terrell, 26, of the 4400 block of Gault Pl. NE, was arrested March 28 for cruelly abandoning her dog.
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The Hamlins surrendered their dog to the Washington Humane Society (WHS) in very poor condition February 16. The dog, named Rocky, was emaciated with severe congenital skeletal deformations as well as calluses on both legs and a severely infected sore on one leg. Additionally, his coat was covered in urine and fecal staining. The dog was being kept in a crate that was approximately half his size with no bedding for 15-20 hours a day. The dog is currently living in the Washington Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement office and is available for adoption or foster. A hearing is scheduled May 15.
Terrell is accused of leaving her new dog gated in the bathroom of her apartment for at least four days prior to January 16 while she stayed with a friend. Humane Law Enforcement Officers found the dog in the bathroom with no food or clean water and a large accumulation of feces and urine. He was also underweight. The dog was ultimately euthanized due to severe behavioral issues.
Terrell's status hearing is scheduled April 23. Terrell was previously arrested September 9, 2010 for leaving another dog she owned tied to her back door while she was away for three days. That dog became entangled in its leash and died from exhaustion in the 90-plus degree weather.
The Washington Humane Society's Humane Law Enforcement Department, with four full-time Humane Law Enforcement Officers, investigates over 1,400 complaints of animal cruelty each year.
To report animal cruelty and neglect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 202-BE-HUMANE.