Memphis man accused of starving dogs - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Memphis man accused of starving dogs

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis man has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty after he told police he stopped feeding his two dogs because it was too expensive.

Police charged Edward Johnson after he called them to his house about a prowler.  Once there, officers found two pit bull puppies in his backyard.  Once was malnourished, while the other was dead.

According to the affidavit of complaint, Johnson told officers he could not afford to feed the dogs.

Cikitrea Bailey, who lives nearby, was shocked by the news.

"Petco has food for cheap, and Wal-Mart for real low," she said.

And if that's not an option, there's always the Memphis and Shelby County Humane Society.  According to Operations Director Butch Lulloff, the Society oversees more than 150 animals, all of them abused, neglected, or injured.

"There's no excuse for a dog to starve to death," Lulloff said.

Lulloff said he would encourage anyone who could not afford to feed their pet to call the Humane Society to see if they would qualify for the Pet Food Pantry program.

"We'll talk with them for awhile and we'll try help them," he said. "We'll either give them some dog food or some puppy food or cat food."

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