Caretaker leaves pets starving while owner serves in Afghanistan - WSMV Channel 4

Caretaker leaves pets starving while owner serves in Afghanistan

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

If being deployed to Afghanistan wasn't tough enough, a local soldier's pet is dead and others are ill. Now, the person entrusted to watch them is now facing animal cruelty charges.

A woman has admitted to police she wasn't feeding the animals while the soldier was deployed, even though she had agreed to do so, and now there is a warrant out for her arrest.

Photos show the dogs and cats as they appear to be very emaciated.

Victor Cornelius, a friend of their owner, said he went to check on them this week and knew right away he had to call police.

"They didn't seem like they had much left in them," he said. "When we fed them, they were pretty much attacking each other. They were eating anything we gave them. And one just laid down to eat, because he didn't have a lot of strength."

The pets belong to a Clarksville soldier who is now serving in Afghanistan. She left them at her Clarksville home in the care of her husband, who then handed off that duty to his friend.

However, according to a police report, the animals were not being cared for the way they should have been.

The woman who was supposed to be watching them admitted to police she didn't give them food or water for days.

One of the dogs was even found dead in the back yard.

Now, the woman who was supposed to care for the soldier's pets will be charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

Channel 4 News spoke with the soldier's husband Tuesday. He did want to go on camera but said he and his friend did what they were supposed to do and claims the animals were not mistreated. Instead, he said, they were already skinny and some even sick before his wife left for Afghanistan.

The animals are now in the care of the soldier's friends.

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