Couple accused of leaving dogs in deplorable conditions

Posted: Updated:
BRENTWOOD -

A husband and wife from Brentwood are accused of starving their dogs and leaving them in deplorable conditions outdoors.

Argelys and Elma Paulino were arrested at their home Monday morning and charged with keeping their two pit bulls chained in deplorable conditions in their backyard. One of the dogs, named Bella, was dead when police responded to a 911 call.

Linda Klampfl, of Almost Home Animal Rescue, says one of her volunteers was doing construction at the Paulinos' house, noticed the dogs in the backyard and called her. When she got to the scene, Klampfl says the surviving dog, named Arielle, was chained and shaking in her doghouse.

"They lived in feces and mud," she says. "Thick, heavy chains and no food, no water and just their overall body condition was horrendous."

Klampfl says the couple lacked remorse and blamed the conditions on their 13- and 16-year-old children, who were supposed to be taking care of the dogs.

No one answered the Paulinos' door when News 12 went to inquire about their dogs. Klampfl says they likely starved one of the dogs to death.

Police say charges against the couple could be upgraded to felony aggravated cruelty pending an evaluation of the dogs by a veterinarian.

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • New Yorkers celebrate pride at annual parade

    New Yorkers celebrate pride at annual parade

    Rainbow flags and parade floats were the order of the day in New York City on Sunday, June 24, for the annual Pride Parade. Billie Jean King was among the grand marshals this year.

    Rainbow flags and parade floats were the order of the day in New York City on Sunday, June 24, for the annual Pride Parade. Billie Jean King was among the grand marshals this year.

  • Dog Day Fridays for June 22

    Dog Day Fridays for June 22

    Friday, June 22 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-06-22 12:10:32 GMT
    Teddy is an adorable 55-pound, 3-year-old male chow chow. He is incredibly sweet and very playful. He is neutered and up to date on all shots. He is fine with older children.Teddy is an adorable 55-pound, 3-year-old male chow chow. He is incredibly sweet and very playful. He is neutered and up to date on all shots. He is fine with older children.

    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Pioneers for Animal Welfare Society, Inc. (PAWS. The shelter can be contacted via their website, phone number at (631) 306-4616 or email melissa@paws-li.org.

    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Pioneers for Animal Welfare Society, Inc. (PAWS. The shelter can be contacted via their website, phone number at (631) 306-4616 or email melissa@paws-li.org.

  • 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

    2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.
    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."