A couple has been charged with animal cruelty in connection with the discovery of a small dog in Skowhegan that was so badly neglected that it had to be put down. The poodle was found outside a mobile home park last month. The dog, covered in its own waste, was taken to a veterinarian who concluded it suffered from chronic neglect, flea infestation and paralysis. The animal was euthanized the day it was found. Police Chief Michael Emmons tells the Morning Sentinel, that Paul and Christina Laudieri, both 44, have been charged. The chief says the couple previously lived in Skowhegan near where the dog was found. He says the Laudieris told police they left the dog in the hopes that someone would find and take care of it.