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Illinois man accused of leaving dog alone in vacant apartment for two months

Bruno has since recovered and has been adopted.
Niles Police Department handout/ Chicago Tribune

Hojin Lee, of Niles, faces two misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty for abandoning his dog for months at the 9000 block of Terrace Drive in a vacant apartment after he was evicted reported the Chicago Tribune.

The adorable, white terrier named Bruno was discovered by the building superintendent on February 22, after he received an anonymous tip that a dog was heard crying in the apartment, where Lee had been evicted on December 31.

The severely emaciated pooch was living in feces, urine, and vomit. There was no food or water; a bag of dog food was on the counter but out of reach for Bruno.

The little dog suffered from eye and skin infections.

The story for Bruno, however has a happy ending or better yet - a happy new beginning. He was taken to the Skokie Animal Hospital where he was treated and has made a wonderful recovery. He has since been adopted.

Lee, 37, is scheduled to appear in court on April 18.

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