(Memphis) A Memphis family’s five dogs are now in the hands of animal control and their owner is in jail after police say the dogs were forced to live in conditions so awful, they could have died.
A cramped and crowded space inside a shed on Morningside is where Claude Holiday kept his 4-year-old dog tied up.
The dog's collar was so tight it cut deep into her skin.
Holiday's wife say, the family treated the dog for the cut.
“We put peroxide on the dog,” said Mortson.
Holiday and his family kept two dogs in the shed, but Memphis Police say Holiday didn't care for them.
Animal control officers feared the dogs were in danger of dying and needed emergency surgery.
A police report shows the dogs were so dehydrated and malnourished, they could barely walk and you could see their ribs.
But Holiday's wife, Ester Mortson, says that's not true and pointed out a bag of dog food kept inside the shed.
“He would go feed the dogs every morning,” said Mortson.
“They're saying this wasn't sanitary, they're saying this isn't a safe place for them to be; what do you think about what they are saying?” asked WREG’s Elise Preston.
“Ma'am I really don't know, I ain't got no more comment,” replied Mortson.
Animal Control officers also took two dogs Holiday kept outside in dog houses, saying it was just too cold for the dogs be in the below freezing temps without anything to keep them warm.
“Why didn't you bring them inside?” asked WREG’s Elise Preston.
“I don't have enough room to bring those dogs inside, I had one inside,” replied Mortson.
Animal Services took that dog away from the family also.
“I don't care what they say about him, he did a good job with those dogs,” said Mortson.
But animal control calls how the dogs were living, horrific.
Holiday is charged with animal cruelty and aggravated animal cruelty.
All five dogs were strays the family took in.
They will not get them back from Memphis Animal Services.