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Florida man accused of allowing caged dog to die in the sun

Christopher Gibson
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According to Tuesday's publication of the Sun-Sentinel, a dog was forced to endure an agonizing death, locked inside of a cage left which was left outside in the sun, by a West Palm Beach, Fla., man.

The disturbing incident allegedly took place last September in the yard of 33-year-old Christopher L. Gibson's residence.

Authorities were alerted to the situation by a concerned neighbor who claimed to have witnessed a pit bull locked in a metal cage in Gibson's yard; the neighbor stated that they witnessed the dog panting heavily and then fall over from apparent heat exhaustion.

When questioned, Gibson told animal control investigators that the dog was actually a stray that he had been trying to find a home for.

Gibson had buried the dog in his yard and investigators forced him to dig the dog's body up in order for a necropsy to be performed.

A necropsy performed on the dog revealed that the dog did indeed die from heat stroke.

According to the Palm Beach Post, an investigator's report stated:

This dog could not escape the extreme heat,”

The dog was forced to suffer by being caged daily by Christopher Gibson in the direct sun. This dog was unable to cool himself off or escape this painful agonizing death.

Though Gibson owned two other dogs who were allowed to remain indoors, the dog who perished in the sun was forced to remain outside; Gibson claimed that it was because the dog would fight with his other dogs.

Gibson was arrested on a charge of felony animal cruelty on Monday but he has already been released. According to the Post, Gibson ran from the officer who was attempting to arrest him; he was charged with resisting an officer without violence as a result.

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