A poor pooch was found frozen solid as a rock on the porch of a Toledo, Ohio home on Thursday as temperatures dropped below zero.
The Toledo Area Humane Society is investigating the female dog's death after she was discovered curled up on a porch in the 1000 block of King Street.
Megan Brown, a cruelty investigator with the humane society said, "I don’t know how long she was out there. She was frozen solid." Brown also confirmed a smaller and underweight male dog was visible through the home's windows.
She obtained a search warrant and confiscated the male dog. The owner of the dogs is Victor Vallejo Sr., 40, who said he was unaware of any problems with the dogs after he left them both inside.
"I wasn’t staying there, but I was going back and forth and feeding them. They had plenty of food and water," Vallejo said. "I’ve been staying here and there at the moment. I kind of fell on some bad times." He also noted the utilities to the home were recently shut off.
He said both dogs are American bullies which he intended to breed together. The 3-year-old female was named Nanas while the 4-year-old male is named Haze.
Brown said, "She didn’t appear to be in poor health, but it’s hard to tell when she’s curled up and frozen." Vallejo later admitted that the female did have some health issues which he blamed on the animal shelter that had her during a period where she got loose.
He said that Nanas had lost weight and he hadn't been able to get her back to full health. He was cited for the dog running at large and has a bench warrant for failing to appear for the hearing on the citation.
The male dog will be fine according to Brown who says, "He looks to be pretty good. He’s sweet. He was malnourished and dehydrated, but I think he’ll be fine."
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