RINCON - Two people were arrested after law enforcement officials said they starved a dog to death in Effingham County.
Effingham County Sheriff's deputies responded Nov. 18 to a residence in the 200 block of Howard Avenue in Rincon on a report of an animal complaint. A complainant who was cleaning up a vacant property discovered a dog was deceased nearby.
Deputies found a pit bull that had been left tied to a propane tank. It was determined that the dog was emaciated and deceased for at least 36 hours before being discovered.
A necropsy was conducted by a local veterinarian, who indicated the dog died of starvation. Leaves and dirt were found in the dog's intestinal tract.
Dominique Dixon, 21, of Rincon, was charged with eight counts of cruelty to animals and one count of aggravated cruelty to an animal.
Heather Cordero, 28, of Rincon, was charged with ag-gravated cruelty to animals.
Eight additional dogs were found emaciated and were confiscated at the time of Dixon's arrest at his residence in Rincon.
Both Dixon and Cordero were taken to the Effingham County Jail