Officers find 8 lbs. of pot checking on dog neglect report, police say | Crime
Police entering a Janesville home on an animal welfare check found 8 pounds of pot, according to authorities.
The Janesville Police Department said officers were investigating an animal neglect complaint last week. A dog was reportedly left inside a home alone on the 200 block of North Marion Avenue for more than a week.
Sgt. Chad Pearson said officers entered the home Thursday to retrieve the dog and saw marijuana and drug paraphernalia in plain view, according to the report. During a search of the house officers seized 8 pounds of pot and articles of drug paraphernalia.
Pearson said a conservative estimate of the value of the drugs seized was more than $10,000.
Police said 30-year-old Karla M. Salazar and 30-year-old Jorge Humberto Salazar-Cruz returned home days later on Sunday and were arrested.
Salazar and Salazar-Cruz were charged with possession with intent to deliver or distribute a controlled substance near a school and maintaining a drug residence, both felonies. Both were also charged separately with mistreating animals, Pearson said.
Police said the family was out of state for several days and left the dog unattended inside the house.
A booking photo of Karla Salazar was not immediately available Wednesday, Pearson said.
Pearson said the dog was taken to the Dane County Humane Society for safekeeping.