El Pasoans face animal cruelty charge after pet found emaciated, police say

Zaida Gonzalez and Noel Fernando Ner Chico were charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal.

A pet belonging to two El Pasoans was put down after investigators for the Animal Cruelty Unit took the dog in, according to police.

This is the second story of animal cruelty since the El Paso Police Department launched its Animal Cruelty Unit this month.

“Bella” a female mastiff, was found on Sept. 30 in deteriorating condition at a home along the 2100 block of Diciembre Drive in east El Paso, said police.

The dog’s owners, 44-year-old Zaida Gonzalez and 48-year-old Noel Fernando Ner Chico were taken into custody and charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal.

Bella was found emaciated from lack of adequate food and water, said police.

They said the dog was seized, but had to be put down because of its health.

Both Torres and Chico were booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility under $3,500 bonds.

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