Animal control went out to a house off Highway 140 West in Utica after a sheriff's deputy reported someone had their dogs tied outside without proper shelter.
Officials say they found an older female Coonhound frozen to death inside a metal box being used as a dog house. The box had a small amount of straw inside.
"No bedding and nothing to keep the dog warm. The temperature the night was five degrees," said Ashley Clark, with animal control.
Animal control also found a young male Coonhound, that volunteers later named Valentine, tied to a plastic dog house that didn't have any bedding inside. The dog was taken to the vet where officials tell us bacteria and parasites were found in its digestive system.
"He is totally emaciated and has little body fat on him. He was in a condition where he had no protection from the elements what so ever. He is pretty lethargic, pretty weak, but he is eating well," Clark said.
We're told the owner of the dog, 23-year-old James Cockrell III is charged with felony torture, animal cruelty, and for not having the proper rabies vaccinations or dog licenses.
Animal control says the owner signed Valentine over to the shelter. Officials say there will be a examination of the dog found frozen on the property to determine how it died.
Valentine soon be up for adoption when he gets stronger. You can contact the animal shelter if you're interested in adopting.
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