A lawyer said Tuesday he plans to file a motion to dismiss animal cruelty charges against a Fresno man who is accused of abandoning an emaciated, mite-infested American pit bull named Enzo at a vacant house.
The defendant, Carlos Xavier Marron, 30, waived his right to attend Monday's hearing in Fresno County Superior Court. But nearly a dozen of Enzo's supporters from the Fresno Bully Rescue organization were in court to ensure Marron gets punished.
"He shouldn't get away with this," said Becky Holly, the group's spokeswoman. "Enzo had no water or food and was neglected for months."
Enzo was discovered alone and crying July 22 in the back yard of a vacant home near Clinton and Brawley avenues. When Enzo was rescued, the dog weighed about 40 pounds -- which is 50 pounds underweight for a pit bull, Holly said.
Marron later surrendered to police at the northwest substation.
Initially, police sought felony animal cruelty charges. But a criminal complaint charges Marron with three misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty and failure to care for an animal. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Tuesday, attorney Christopher Caine, who is defending Marron, informed Judge Adolfo Corona that he plans to file a demurrer to dismiss the charges. Corona ordered a Sept. 24 pretrial hearing and scheduled Marron's trial on Oct. 9.
Meantime, Enzo remains with the Fresno Bully Rescue, a no-kill shelter on West Herndon Avenue.
Enzo, who is about 5 years old, currently weighs 62 pounds and has a heart murmur caused by malnutrition. He has skin infections from being exposed too long to the sun, said Gina Cruz, who is taking care of the dog.
He also has mange -- a painful, itchy skin rash caused by mites, Cruz said.
"Enzo will need at least a year of intensive care before he is back to normal," Cruz said.
Anyone interesting in helping Enzo can call the Fresno Bully Rescue at (559) 276-7611 or go to its website.
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