Owner cited after dog found suffering from heat stroke

Owner cited after dog found suffering from heat stroke

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro Animal Control officer cited a man with animal cruelty after his dog was found suffering from heat stroke.

Officer Eric Schmett reported the dog was found unresponsive Thursday in the backyard of a home in the 200-block of South Culberhouse.

Schmett said he found the "large brown dog" chained to fence with no shelter present. He reported flies were swarming the animal.

"The dog was not responsive to sound or touch," Schmett reported. "I then picked the dog up and put it in my truck. When I did so, the dog began to moan."

Schmett took the dog to a local veterinarian who examined the dog and said its temperature was 107.3 degrees.

The doctor concluded the animal was suffering from heat stroke and had just a 20 percent chance of survival, Schmett said.

After speaking with the vet, the officer said he was able to locate the dog's owner, 54-year-old Terry Perryman, in the Craighead County Detention Center. According to the sheriff's office, Perryman was arrested Wednesday for disorderly conduct.

Perryman told Schmett a relative was supposed to be taking care of the dog while he was in jail, the report stated.

When asked how long the dog had been chained up, Perryman reportedly said "two months."

Schmett cited Perryman with state cruelty, no state rabies and improper confinement.

The veterinarian reported Friday morning that the dog died around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

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