- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Wittmann couple is accused of animal neglect after Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies say they found two emaciated dogs in a cockroach-infested home.

Sheriff’s officials say the couple’s two young children have been were turned over to the state Department of Child Safety.

They say 26-year-old Matthew Rinard and 23-year-old Deeandra Rinard each are being held on suspicion of six counts of animal neglect.

It wasn’t immediately clear Thursday if either had a lawyer yet.

But sheriff’s officials say more charges including child neglect are anticipated as the investigation continues.

The two pit bull mixes weren’t diseased but were nearly starved to death and taken to a veterinarian for care.

The dogs are being moved to a jailhouse MASH unit, where they will eventually be put up for adoption.


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