A 37-year-old Sheboygan man was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly leaving a malnourished pit bull outside in a snowstorm, leading to frostbite on its legs and face, according to the Sheboygan Police Department.
The incident is the second animal neglect case reported in Sheboygan in as many weeks, after Alice M. Bigler, 59, was arrested Thursday for allegedly leaving her morbidly obese dog frozen to the sidewalk overnight in single-digit temperatures.
The pit bull was found tied to a pole in an alley in the 1900 block of North Eighth Street about 10 a.m., Sgt. Dave Anderson said in a news release. The dog was rescued by the Sheboygan County Humane Society, which the neighbor contacted after watching the dog's owner walk into the alley with the dog and walk out alone.
The Humane Society later contacted police.
The dog suffered frostbite to its front paws, front legs and left ear, but the Humane Society will be able to nurse the dog back to health, Anderson said. The dog weighs 26 pounds, just over half what an adult pit bull should, police said
Police said the dog had been left out in the storm, but did not release information on how long the animal was outside.
The suspect told police he was taking care of the dog for a friend over the last month. He was jailed for violating a bail bond and on suspicion of failure to provide proper shelter.
The case will be forwarded to the Sheboygan County District Attorney's Office for potential charges.