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1 dog dies, 1 survives; Clayton Co. couple charged

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

An eastern Iowa couple faces animal neglect and cruelty charges after they've been accused of mistreating two dogs.

On Oct. 15, Joseph and Ashley Marting of Clayton County were charged with animal neglect and cruelty in Clayton County.

The Monona Police Department was contacted by the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa for neglect or animal abuse in Clayton County on Oct. 2.

Workers at the Humane Society indicated that they had acquired two dogs, a pug and a boxer, from Ashley Marting. At the time the dogs were acquired, Marting had informed workers that she could no longer care for the dogs.

The dogs were both transported to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society, where the pug eventually died.

"By the third feeding the dog was unable to stand, and within the next hour it would have passed away. Unfortunately, we did have to euthanize the dog," said Dr. Naomi Sprank of the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

The boxer, Russell, survived. He is currently living with one of the Humane Society workers in foster care, and has already gained 8 pounds since he was taken in by the Humane Society.

"He needs to gain an estimated 10-plus more pounds," Sprank said. "So if it's taking that long to put on, you can image how long it took to take off."

The Dubuque Regional Humane Society hopes Russell will be available for adoption in a couple of weeks.

Both Ashley and Joseph Marting have been released from the Clayton County Jail since posting bond.

KWWL reached out to Ashley Marting for a comment about this story, but the phone number listed had been shut off.

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