PHOENIX - A Phoenix man who was repeatedly warned by police and a local animal organization about tying his animals up has been charged with animal abuse after one of his dogs died.
According to the police report, on Sept. 15, officers responded to a home near 27th and Northern avenues where they found Skippy, a 45-pound pitbull dead.
Police said earlier that morning, 21-year-old Elijah Jessie Manning tied the dog outside with no access to shade and water. Manning reportedly called the home about four hours later asking someone to check on the dog, but he was already dead.
He then allegedly instructed his roommate to hide the dog.
Police say Manning was repeatedly warned by police and the humane society about tying up his animals.
The recorded temperature that day reached nearly 108 degrees.
Court records show that investigators found another dog chained up, as well as a goat, donkey, rooster and a pig outside with no access to shade or water.
He has been charged with six counts of cruelty to animals.