JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Animal Control officers cited a man with cruelty after they found a dog locked up in a crate in the hot sun.
Officers Dan Walker and J. Moore were called to an animal welfare check Thursday morning in the 600-block of West Oak Avenue.
When they arrived, Walker said they found a black dog in a crate outside in the sun. He said the dog did not have food, water, or shade.
"The temperature was 88 degrees with a heat index of 98," Walker stated in his incident report.
The officers attempted to contact someone inside the residence, but no one answered the door. While knocking on the door, they noticed a second dog barking in the front window by the door.
A neighbor told the officers the suspect, 27-year-old Brian Blake, had just left for the library.
The two officers then traveled to the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, 636 W. Oak, in an attempt to find the suspect. Shortly after arriving, they received a call that Blake had returned to the home.
When they went back to the residence, Walker said they found Blake standing in the driveway. The dog was still in the crate.
Blake reportedly told the officers the dog belonged to his brother and he was dog-sitting. When asked if the dog inside was up to date on its rabies shots, he reportedly told the officer it was not.
The officers cited Blake with animal cruelty and two counts of no state rabies tags for both dogs.