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Police: St. Mary Parish couple arrested after dog found dead in the freezing cold

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Couple accused of leaving dog in the freezing cold Couple accused of leaving dog in the freezing cold

A St. Mary Parish couple is facing animal cruelty charges after police say they left their dog outside during extremely cold weather without proper shelter.

Hodges Matthews, 39, and Leslie Matthews, 42, were arrested Wednesday night on warrants for aggravated cruelty to animals, according to the St. Mary Parish Arrest Report. 

On Sunday, January 14, 2018, a deputy patrolling Amelia observed a dog inside of a doghouse in the front yard of a residence on Friendship Alley. According to the deputy, the animal was unresponsive and found that the dog was dead. The animal was left outdoors during extremely cold weather without proper shelter which resulted in the dog's death. Temperatures dipped into the 20s that night. The deputy obtained warrants for the residents on animal cruelty charges.

On January 17, 2018, the deputy located the couple at the residence located in the 100 block of Friendship Alley in Amelia.

They were booked into the St. Mary Parish Jail on the warrants. Hodges Matthews was released on a $1,000 bond. Bail is set at $1,000 for Leslie Matthews.

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