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Police find dead dog at Moody home, charge woman with animal cruelty

Melissa Lynn Rodriguez Melissa Lynn Rodriguez

A Moody woman is behind bars after being accused of starving two dogs, with one of them dying.

Police found out about the cruelty when a caller suspected the dogs were in poor condition.  When they arrived, investigators say they found one dog tied to a tree that appeared to have been dead for days, and another that was in very weak condition.  Both had been left out in the freezing cold over this past weekend, and neither had been given food or water in days.

Melissa Lynn Rodriguez, 38, was arrested on two charges of animal cruelty after a caller told police one of the dogs was lying in a ditch. She told police she was unsure if the dog was injured or dead.

"My officer went to check it out, and the dog was deceased," Moody Police Chief Christian Veselka said. "The dog has been dead for a couple of days. Just looking at it, it was chained to a tree. Not hardly anything around. There was no food, no water."

During their search, police said they found the second dog in the backyard of the home locked in a cage. That dog was malnourished and could barely stand or walk. The second dog actually belonged to another family and was later returned.

Detectives are still trying to determine how the dogs came into Rodriguez's possession.

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