Phoenix man accused of animal cruelty; 3 dogs seized from home

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PHOENIX – A 24-year-old man is accused of animal cruelty after three dogs were found malnourished and neglected at his home, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Chrison Charale Johnson was charged with three felony counts of animal cruelty/neglect and one felony count of intentional mistreatment.

Police were called to Johnson's home near 35th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard Tuesday afternoon to assist the Arizona Humane Society. According to court documents, AHS had received an anonymous tip of a dog being abused/neglected at the home.

An AHS employee at the scene told police that three pit bulls appeared malnourished and neglected.

The dogs were tied up and didn't have shelter or water, according to an Arizona Humane Society spokeswoman.

One of the dogs was having trouble breathing because its collar was embedded in its neck, according to court paperwork. The dog was transported for immediate medical attention.

The officers detected a strong odor of what they believed to be marijuana inside the home where Johnson lives with his wife and three young children, according to police spokesman Officer James Holmes.

After observing the condition of the dogs, Johnson was arrested for animal cruelty.

In addition, Holmes said Johnson and his wife were arrested for child-abuse-related charges based on the heavy content of suspected marijuana smoke in the small area in which their children lived.

The Arizona Department of Child Safety was called to the home and the children were left in the care of a relative.

The pit bulls are being cared for at the Arizona Humane Society's Second Chance Animal Hospital while police continue their investigation.

"They are all very malnourished and skinny so we're going to put them on a feeding schedule, try to get them to gain some weight," AHS spokeswoman Ashliegh Goebel said.