The dog days of summer are nearly over. Unfortunately, reports of animal cruelty in both Williamson and Travis County are on the rise. On June 22, 2015 Georgetown woman Esmeralda Escobar, head supervisor at a Sam’s Club in Austin, was charged with animal cruelty after forcing her dog to run outdoors in record-breaking high temperatures.
Although the 51-year old dog owner acknowledged that the canine needed medical treatment, she did not acquire proper care for him and the dog died from heat exposure. Escobar’s other dog, a 3-year-old Australian shepherd named Honey, was not spared from maltreatment and died from heat exposure prior to the July 18, 2015 welfare check.
Prior to her arrest
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office was reported to be cruelty incident on July 18, 2015. A woman called the sheriff’s office to report that Escobar’s 10-year-old border collie named Oliver was being treated inhumanely. A sheriff’s deputy visited the home on Turtle Bend in Georgetown, TX.
According to the Austin-American Statesman, “The deputy saw the dog” unable to move and whimpering as if he were in distress and pain, “according to the affidavit. The dog had thick, matted hair and Escobar was outside the house “not attempting to cool Oliver down,” the affidavit said. “
The deputy asked Escobar if she was planning to seek medical treatment for Oliver, since Honey had died several days before the welfare check. Escobar admitted that she had taken the dog running with her because she did not want to leave him alone, and took him to Emergency Pet Care of Round Rock when he began suffering from heat exposure.
According to an arrest affidavit, the woman asked the care center to veterinarian to euthanize the animal because she could not afford to pay for treatment. Surprisingly, Escobar was able to post to $ 7,500 bail after her arrest.
Animal cruelty charges are taken very seriously nationwide. If you loved one, you have been arrested for cruelty, you will need a good lawyer to help you navigate the justice system. If you’re in need of a bail bondsman to get out of the Williamson County Jail.