A Pulaski, Ark., man was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals after police officers found a starving, caged dog stowed in his truck, reported Friday's publication of Arkansas Online.
Police responded to the home of 26-year-old Cory A. Birts after they received a domestic disturbance call. Birts wife advised the officers that she had been slapped by her husband while they were arguing over a cell phone.
The man accused of assaulting his wife was not home when the officers arrived, but he was pulled over a short time later. At the time that Birts was pulled over, officers conducted a search of his vehicle and discovered a small, emaciated dog locked inside of a cage in the trunk.
The police report stated:
The inside of the trunk felt upwards of 90 [degrees],"
"The dog cage was filled with feces and urine. The dog was shaking and looked extremely malnourished."
Birts was booked into jail and is expected in court on Oct. 10.
Note: The National Dog News Examiner phoned the North Little Rock police department to find out the condition of the dog. The individual who took the call indicated that the dog was likely taken to the local animal control facility. A call to that facility revealed that the shelter is currently closed.
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