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Neighbor heard 'strange' howling from dog who was later found frozen to death

Man accused of leaving dog to die in the cold
Man accused of leaving dog to die in the cold
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Update 1/10/14: According to Friday's publication of, the authorities have arrested and charged Robert E. Dickerson, 48, with misdemeanor cruelty to animals; he remains in jail.

Another dog has died from the frigid temperatures after being left to suffer outside by a negligent owner in Belleville, Ill., reported Thursday's

A neighbor told the publication that he heard a "strange howling" on Sunday night and he worried that it might be the chained dog who lived next door with only a wooden dog house for shelter. Concerned for the dog's welfare, the man phoned a rescue agency, but they were unable to locate the correct address.

Two days later, the man who was worried for the dog that he knew as "Bud," had his fears confirmed when he discovered that the dog had died.

The neighbor, Steve Rosen, stated:

But I didn't see any tracks outside the doghouse. The snow had drifted over and I called him but he didn't come out. I figured the worst had happened or maybe the owner finally brought him inside. But it was the worst.

The name of Bud's owner has not yet been released, but the individual has been arrested and is now facing charges for the dog's death.

According to Rosen, the dog who died spent his life padlocked to a chain in his neighbor's yard - in the end, his death appears to have been as miserable as his pitiful, tethered existence.

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