WEST VALLEY CITY — Investigators found a dead dog and five other neglected pets at the home of a man accused of fatally shooting two California police officers last week, animal control officers said Thursday.
Officers searched the home of Marcelo Marquez — whose actual name is Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, 34, according to immigration officers — after a neighbor called animal control concerned about the pets' well-being, according to Nate Beckstead, West Valley Animal Services field supervisor.
"One of dogs didn't look too good — the pit bull — and the Jack Russell (terrier) appeared to be dead," Beckstead said.
Monroy-Bracamonte is accused of shooting four people, including three officers, during a crime spree in northern California on Oct. 24. Two of the officers died from their wounds.
He was charged with murder, carjacking, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of an assault weapon, grand theft, attempted murder, attempted carjacking and theft or unauthorized use of an official vehicle.
His wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, 38, was charged with murder, carjacking, possession of an assault weapon, attempted murder and attempted carjacking.
In addition to the two dogs, officers found three Rottweilers and a cat that were left at the house near 2900 West and 3000 South.
It appeared as if the animals had been alone for at least a week, according to Beckstead. They were thin and weak, but the Rottweilers were improving, he said. The pit bull will likely be treated by a veterinarian for a while and the cat showed signs that it was afraid of people.
The shelter is looking for owners for the animals.
Neighbor Collin Barkheimer said he did what he could to help the pit bull before animal control came on site.
"It would not move," he recalled. "It wouldn't eat."
Another man lived in the home with Monroy-Bracamonte and his wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, the neighbor said.
Monroy-Bracamonte had been convicted in Arizona for selling drugs and deported to Mexico twice, according to The Associated Press.
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