Police in Campbell, Ohio, have issued an arrest warrant for animal cruelty after a dog was found frozen to death without any food or water Tuesday.
WFMJ.com reports that police found the animal lying halfway inside a doghouse on a short chain at a home in the 200 block of Reed Avenue – about an hour outside the city of Pittsburgh.
Authorities told WFMJ.com that the animal not only appeared to have frozen to death but was also malnourished.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Tameka Smith, 23, who once rented the Reed Avenue home, police said.
The city of Campbell is currently working to toughen animal cruelty laws similar to ones in place in Pittsburgh.
In Pittsburgh the law states a pet owner can’t leave an animal tied up or unattended for more than 30 minutes in sub-zero temps.
Those who fail to comply with the rules outlined in the bill could face a maximum $500 fine.
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