Joshua Parker Sr., 40, and Jessica Lowmiller, 23, both of 925 High St., face two felony counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal, two misdemeanor counts of neglect of an animal (causing serious bodily injury), one misdemeanor count of cruelty of an animal plus summary offenses for their alleged neglect and abuse of a female pitbull-type dog that required surgery at by a veterinarian, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Gary Whiteman by the local SPCA.
While Parker and Lowmiller live on High Street, the dog was in an apartment alone in the 300 block of Bridge Street, but Lowmiller said she “goes to the apartment all the time to care for the dog, named Mocha, (providing) food and water, and taking her for walks,” according to an affidavit.
However, when the dog was brought to a local veterinarian, Mocha “was in very poor condition, emaciated, extremely weak and had a very large infected area around its neck and shoulder,” the affidavit filed last week stated.
Following their arraignment before Whiteman on Tuesday, Parker and Lowmiller were released on $15,000 bail each.
No information was available Tuesday night on the current condition of the dog.