MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Two people are in custody after a deputy found several dogs that were severely malnourished in a Friendsville home Sunday, according to Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong.

James Albert Cardona, 43, and Rebecca Marie Bennett, 47, were charged with aggravated cruelty to animals (Class E felony) and eight counts of cruelty to animals (Class A misdemeanor).

Blount County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy responded to a call about a suspicious man walking a dog in an area near Marble Hill Road and Dunlap Hollow Road.

The man, who was later identified as Cardona, told the deputy that he was attacked by the same dog he had on the leash. The deputy reported seeing injuries on Cardona that were described as “superficial, non-puncturing and old by nature.” He also claimed the dog appeared to be non-aggressive.

The deputy took Cardona to his residence on Misty Valley Road. BCSO said the deputy found multiple dogs without immediate shelter, food or water. He also found a partially burned dog in a burn barrel.

As the deputy continued his investigation, he found two puppies inside a wooden, utility building with no air, food or water visible and squalid conditions.

Bennett was reported to have returned to the home. According to BCSO, she did not notice that the dogs were malnourished.

Cardona and Bennett were arrested and taken to the Blount County Correctional Facility. They’re scheduled to be in the Blount County General Sessions Court on Nov. 9.

Cardona and Bennett are held with $100,000 bonds each.