March 26, 2019 02:03 PM
A 23-year-old Brooklyn Park woman has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty after authorities say they removed two malnourished dogs - one of which was deceased - from the home where she and her boyfriend were residing early last month.
Alyssa Erin Lilja was charged with two felony counts of overwork/mistreat animals-torture in Hennepin County last week.
According to the criminal complaint, Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement agencies arrived at the residence on the 8500 block of Vickors Lane in Brooklyn Park on Feb. 4, seeking to arrest two women with outstanding felony warrants believed to be there.
Lilja, who was not one of the two women, answered the door and reportedly told officers she was the only one home and had locked her two dogs in an upstairs bedroom.
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Officers allegedly noticed the home was in disarray and there was no heat or running water. Officers did not find the two women, but did discover a 3-year-old male Labrador Retriever mix who "was extremely thin and appeared malnourished as the officers could see the skeletal structure of the dog including its ribcage and hip bones."
A female Labrador Retriever mix was allegedly carried out by Lilja, and was determined to be deceased.
The complaint alleges the officers then entered the room in which the dogs had been kept and were "overwhelmed by the odor of dog feces and urine that were all over the floor and the odor of a decaying animal. The officers did not see any food or water dishes in the room."
Lila is alleged to have told the officers she and her boyfriend lived at the house, which was owned by her father, and that she had just run out of dog food. But later she reportedly acknowledged the dogs had not been fed in three or four days. She also allegedly said she had noticed the dogs emaciated appearance for "the last three weeks and that she had not taken them to a veterinarian or contacted a humane society for help, even though she had thought about it."
She allegedly told authorities she had assumed responsibility for the dogs' care within the past month.
The complaint states both dogs, including the deceased female, were found to have been emaciated.
It goes on to say the house was later condemned by the City of Brooklyn Park. A warrant was requested as Lilja's current whereabouts were said to be unknown.
Updated: March 26, 2019 02:03 PM
Created: March 26, 2019 01:40 PM
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