Angelina Co. duo in jail in connection to neglect of 4 dogs

Jimmy Saenz (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Jimmy Saenz (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Shauna Leatherwood (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Shauna Leatherwood (Source: Angelina County Jail)

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office have arrested a Diboll woman who is accused of not feeding food nor water to four dogs.

Shauna Jean Leatherwood, 33, and Jimmy Joe Saenz, 33, of Lufkin, are charged with four counts of Class A cruelty to non-livestock animals.

According to an arrest affidavit, a deputy called the Angelina County animal control officer on Aug. 31 in reference to cruelty to animals.

The deputy said none of the dogs had food nor water. He said he bought food for the dogs at a nearby store and gave them water. He said one of the dogs was covered in its own feces and covered in flies and he did not know if he could make it until Tuesday (the next business day).

The animal control officer, Melinda Wade, agreed to meet the deputy, and they drove to the 3600 block of FM 819, where she reported seeing four dogs, five hogs and a chicken with no water and appeared to be malnourished.

Wade said she would have to take the animals that day, because of the condition of the one dog, which could not even stand.

She then drove back to the office and typed up a seizure warrant and had the on-call justice of the peace sign it.

She then took the animals and the county stockman took the hogs and chicken.

The deputies then stopped the vehicle of Leatherwood, who said she knew the animals were not being cared for properly.

The officer obtained a warrant for Leatherwood's arrest on Tuesday and she was arrested on the charge on Wednesday. She is being held on a collective bail of $6,000.

According to jail records, it appears Saenz was arrested on Saturday on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, prohibited weapon and a warrant for failure to appear. He has since been served the cruelty to animals warrant.

Wade said Leatherwood and Saenz signed away the rights to the animals Thursday afternoon. She said she will try to connect the dogs with a pit bull rescue group and the hogs, which are feral, will have to go to a person who has a license to have feral hogs. She said she thinks she knows someone who will take the chicken.

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