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Former University of Arkansas football player charged with animal cruelty

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Jarrett Lake, 22, a former linebacker for the University of Arkansas football team was arrested Thursday and charged with suspicion of aggravated animal cruelty in the death of one dog and the egregious neglect of another reported the Arkansas News.com.

On December 29, authorities found a dead pit bull in the garage covered in feces and urine at a rented home on Jeremiah Place in Fayetteville that Lake had rented. Another black dog was found upstairs in the bedroom; he was emaciated, but still alive.

Fayetteville Police Department determined Lake had left the home at least six days prior and had abandoned the dogs in the house.

Lake had been out of the area training, and when notified about the dogs, he surrendered them to Animal Control.

A necropsy of the dead dog determined he died of starvation; only bits of plastic were found in his stomach. The surviving dog was brought to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.

An arrest warrant for Lake was issued, and he was arrested on Thursday and brought to the Washington County Detention Center where he posted $2,500 bond.

Lake is scheduled to appear in court on April 16.

According to Arkansas Matters, Lake played in 38 games and had 104 tackles as linebacker on the football team.

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