Posted at: 11/05/2012 5:36 PM
Updated at: 11/05/2012 7:13 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News
Officers found two dogs starved to death inside a man's Santa Fe home Saturday, but their owner was nowhere to be found.
Neighbors, who did not want to be identified, told KOB Eyewitness News they used to hear the dogs barking all the time until about eight weeks ago when it all stopped. They thought the man who lived there had moved out.
Instead, officers found the dogs dead and the man gone.
"Yeah, it makes you kind of sick to your stomach," a neighbor said.
The graphic images show two dogs, side by side, dead on a filthy floor.
Officers entered the haunting scene when they walked inside the home after the landlord reported that the person who lived there had not been seen or heard from for about two months.
"We thought he moved out because people were complaining to him about the dogs barking so much," the neighbor said.
Feces and urine covered the floor, and there was no food or water in sight, officers said.
The home appeared trashed, abandoned and unlivable.
"The dogs had probably been deceased for some time, they were already decomposing, they had been eaten by maggots and what it looks like is these animals had been abandoned by the homeowner and actually starved to death," Sgt. Andrea Dobyns, Santa Fe Police Department, said.
Without knowing where the dog owner is or what led to the death of the innocent pets, neighbors said there is no excuse.
"I'd like to see them catch the guy and throw him into jail and throw away the key," the neighbor said.
As of Monday, police had not named any suspects but said the person responsible could be looking at felony charges for extreme animal cruelty.