LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A Las Vegas woman faces animal cruelty charges after leaving two dogs tied to a fence in a backyard while running errands for five hours on Tuesday. According to the arrest report, the dogs had no water or shade and both died.
Jael Feliciano, 34, faces two cases of willful / malicious torture of an animal and four cases of torture / injury / starvation / starvation of an animal.
Feliciano called Las Vegas Animal Control to report the dead dogs on July 20 at around 2:40 p.m. According to the arrest report, she told animal protection officials that she ran errands at 9:30 a.m. and returned to her father’s house on 600 block on Bowman Avenue at 11:15 a.m. and the dogs were alive. She quickly left and returned to the house at 2:30 p.m. to find the dogs were dead.
An examination by the animal control found that the dogs showed signs of heat stroke. “The canines had dug holes where they were tied, their paws, mouths and noses were caked with dirt, and their noses were bleeding,” the report said. According to animal welfare, dogs instinctively dig holes in the ground to escape the heat.
According to the arrest report, the outside temperature in the backyard was 105 degrees and the floor temperature where the dogs were tied was measured as 162 degrees. The dog leashes “were less than six feet long and would not have allowed the dogs to move far from the fence or find shade”.
Feliciano told animal rights officers she was guarding the dogs for her mother, who had to go to Arizona to get a truck. While Feliciano was away from the home, her half-sister came by and saw the dogs in distress, but did not know who they belonged to. She tried to call Feliciano but couldn’t reach her and tried to call animal control on 311 but couldn’t reach anyone.