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Man accused of leaving dog to die of frostbite

Justin Parker (Source: LMDC) Justin Parker (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man faces an animal cruelty charge after allowing a dog to freeze to death last winter, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said Justin L. Parker, 26, and an unidentified co-defendant moved out of a home in the 2200 block of West Chestnut Street at some point prior to January 10, 2014, leaving a female "Yorkshire terrier-type" dog behind. The dog later was found dead in the hallway of the home.

According to police, the dog was left without water and a closed bag of dog food was found inside the home. In addition, the residence had no heat and was extremely cold.

A necropsy conducted by the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory revealed the dog died of frostbite.

Police said they attempted to contact both defendants, but when Parker answered the phone, he hung up on an officer.

A separate criminal complaint accuses Parker of renting a $780 laptop computer from Billy's Hometown on July 13, 2013 but never returned or paid for the item. Police said Parker has ignored letters and phone calls demanding the property be returned.

Parker is charged with felony theft by failure to make required disposition, second-degree cruelty to animals and failure to make provision of necessities.

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