LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man has been charged with cruelty to animals after he allegedly kept a dog chained up outside in the winter without adequate food and water.

According to an arrest warrant, Louisville Metro Animal Services received information that a dog was chained outside in the cold on January 30. When LMAS officials checked on the dog at a residence in the 2700 block of Wyandotte Street, they found it tethered with a heavy chain. Although the dog had access to a dog house, there was no bedding, food or water.

LMAS officials began checking on the dog daily and began providing food and water. Numerous attempts were made to contact the owner by phone and several written notices were left but the owner, Dion Mucker, did not respond. LMAS officials were certain Mucker was the dog's owner because he adopted the dog from LMAS in June of 2015.

On Feb. 1, LMAS officials left a notice informing Mucker that charges would be filed if he did not respond. His wife called later that day and asked LMAS to pick up the dog. 

Officials say the dog was underweight from not being properly fed. 

A warrant was issued for Mucker's arrest on Feb. 24 and he was taken into custody on March 21. He is charged with one count of cruelty to animals. 

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