HOUSTON - The Harris County District Attorney announced Monday that charges have been filed in an animal cruelty investigation that shocked the community.
During a press conference, Harris Co. DA Devon Anderson said that animal cruelty charges have been filed against two people in Bella's case, the chocolate lab who was found neglected in an abandoned home earlier this month. Elisha Gonzalez, 44, and Tristin Daniel Hancock, 21, have been charged but not yet arrested.
The Houston Humane Society received a report from a concerned citizen about an abandoned dog in a vacant home in the 200 block of Toranto Lane. An animal cruelty officer responded to the scene and found the abandoned dog resting on filthy laundry. The officer immediately took the dog to the Humane Society’s Animal Wellness Clinic.
“This is one of the most horrific cases of neglect I’ve seen in a long time,” said Monica Schmidt, spokesperson for the Houston Humane Society. “It’s heartbreaking to see any animal hurt needlessly, and I cannot imagine how much pain and suffering she has endured already in her short life.”
Bella was also in attendance at the press conference and is expected to make a full recovery from her injuries.