By Lauren Sievert
MERIDEN — A local couple faces animal cruelty charges after police said they left their English bulldog outside in frigid temperatures with no food, water or shelter.
Salesse Pearsall, 31 and Benjamin Pearsall, 44, of 95 Mountain View Ave., were both charged Thursday with two counts of animal cruelty. On Tuesday, Saleese Pearsall was cited for first-degree unlawful tether and failure to license a dog.
Police spokemsan Sgt. Darrin McKay said the animal control officer spoke with the Pearsalls after police received complaints about a dog outside at their home without food, water or shelter in Nov. 2016 and this past November.
After receiving another call on Tuesday, police and Animal Control Officer Brian Kline found the dog outside shivering and dirty, McKay said. There were two bowls outside, one empty and one with frozen water, and no access to shelter.
The bulldog was seized and taken to a veterinarian for treatment after the warrants were served on Thursday. The dog had a lesion its head, hair loss, dry and flaky skin, small abrasions on its front legs, dermatitis on its face and weighed about 32 pounds.
Benjamin Pearsall was released on $1,000 bond. Salesse Pearsall was released on $2,500 bond.