MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man was charged with animal cruelty after police say he left his dogs locked in kennels for months without adequate food or water.

One of the dogs was found barely breathing in a kennel filled with vomit. That animal had to be euthanized.

Deandre Dandridge told officers he was unable to care for the dogs properly because he’d recently been shot. WREG reported in June that Dandridge was shot seven times, allegedly by his brother-in-law during an argument at a family gathering that began over chicken.

When officers arrived at Dandridge’s South Memphis residence on Woodland Avenue just before 4 p.m. Thursday, they say they observed two dogs named Dutches and Gracie contained inside two metal kennels without shelter during the time of day when we were under a heat warning.

“They were nothing but about five or six months. Yes they were puppies. I’ve had them since they could fit in my hand,” Dandridge’s wife said.

An animal control officer stated the dogs were covered in ticks, malnourished, and had been without water. But the dogs owner saying that was not the case

“That is totally a lie. One of my dogs did have a sore or two on them, but it was nothing like that,” the wife added.

Dandridge told police that the dogs had been locked in the kennels for at least two months.

He was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.

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