Two women charged with torture after dogs found dead in kennel

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Martinez Perez dog deaths

Esmeralda Martinez, left, and Blanca Perez. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two women have been arrested after two dogs were found dead on Friday, locked for 20 days in a kennel inside an apartment in the southwest Las Vegas valley.

Esmeralda Martinez, 22, and Blanca Perez, 21, were arrested Saturday after they were contacted by police. The are charged with torturing the dogs, and were booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

According to information in an arrest report, one dog was an 8-month-old male pit bull named Ace, and the other was an 8-month-old female pit bull named Athena.

Police went to the apartment in the 4300 block of Terrace Hill Road to do a welfare check on Friday and found the dogs, which had been without sufficient food or water for almost three weeks. Police said the owners did not make any attempt to have someone take care of the dogs when they left.

A complaint that a foul odor was coming from the apartment prompted the investigation. The apartment’s tenants had not been seen in several weeks. The apartment is just south of Flamingo Road near Lindell Road.

Martinez told police that the two women left on June 1 to drive to Florida, according to the arrest report, but the trip back to Las Vegas was delayed. They initially planned to be gone for three days.

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