It was later discovered that the deceased Boxer was owned by Carrie Statler of Perryville, Mo. Statler was charged with animal neglect for the death of Xavier. A Jan. 28 court date has been set.
Eye witness accounts say that the dogs had been left unattended for some time and were not receiving regular feedings or water. A recent winter storm had left temperatures near zero.
Necropsy reports showed that Xavier had died from malnourishment, dehydration, and exposure. Lack of care and nothing more than a wooden box for shelter left Xavier unable to produce enough body heat to maintain in Missouri's frigid temperatures. He died cold, hungry, and alone.
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