NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office have arrested a man accused of starving a pit bull to near death.
Christopher Daniel Parker, 32, is charged with state-jail felony cruelty to animals.
According to an arrest affidavit, the sheriff's office received a report on Jan. 29 that a pit bull dog was severely malnourished on the 1100 block of County Road 659.
Deputies learned Parker and his wife owned the dog and were able to seize the dog. According to the affidavit, the wife said the dog was skinny because she was old and had no teeth.
The dog was so emaciated that she could not hold her own weight.
According to the affidavit, an animal control officer told a deputy that she examined the dog and determined with an x-ray there was absolutely no food in her stomach. A veterinarian said the dog was only four years old and had poor health due to malnutrition. The vet also said the dog had a severe case of intestinal worms and heartworms.
Deputies obtained a warrant for Parker's arrest on Feb. 11. He was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail on Wednesday, where he is being held on a $5,000 bond.