BELLEVILLE , ILLINOIS ( KTVI)- A Belleville man was arrested and changed with cruelty to animals. His neighbors were shocked and outraged to learn the fate of the man's dog . It's a sad case of animal neglect and abuse that happen in Belleville on 23 rd Street.
Investigators say 48- year -old Robert Dickerson left his dog outside for days in sub-zero temperatures which lead to his dog's death. Wade Johnstone is an animal lover and was Dickerson's neighbor for years. Wade says the news is heartbreaking . "I did not realize at first that he had not been bringing his his dog inside. So I was surprised to hear that he did not take it in when the weather got so bad here lately," said Dickerson.
According to authorities Dickerson kept a padlock on the dog's collar. Residents in the area say at one point animal officials threaten to take the dog away from Dickerson if they continued to receive complaints from neighbors. Johnstone claims Dickerson was never at home enough to take care of his a pet properly. "I knew him , I spoke with him on a regular basis. He wasn't quite there all the time. I never saw him abuse that dog. I never really saw him walk the dog either. The dog was always on a chain, " said Johnsstone.
The dog was found frozen to death inside his dog house by local animal rescuers. The dog's food dishes were filled with ice and snow.
A judge set Dickerson bail at - five thousand dollars.