An update now to a story of animal cruelty we first reported on KSFY News, last month.
A Sioux Falls man has been charged with inhumane treatment of an animal after a 2-year-old female Chihuahua was found in a dumpster at a southwest side apartment complex.
After almost two months, Minnehaha County court documents show Dwight Kendell Green, 27, is facing one count of the charge. The affidavit shows Green lives in a home on South Wassom Avenue.The dog was left in an apartment complex dumpster on South Klein, just a few blocks away.
On December 6, Sioux Falls Animal Control responded to that apartment complex. Neighbors heard the dog who, they say, was left to die in its pet carrier in the dumpster. The temperature that morning was -14 with wind chills reaching down to -30.
Neighbors took the dog inside in an attempt to warm her up, but due to poor condition, she was later put to sleep at a local vet clinic.
When officers were traced back to Dwight Green, court documents say he and his wife Isabel denied dumping the dog. According to the affidavit, Isabel stated she and her husband did in fact own the female Chihuahua but her husband sold it two weeks prior for $150 cash to someone Dwight met at Hy-Vee.
When officers asked Green about that interaction, Green said he met a man named 'Mohammed' near the front bulletin boards at Hy-Vee and talked with him about the dog for about 20 minutes. The affidavit later stated the dog was purchased at Mini Critters for $150. When officers asked about the DNA on the pet carrier in the dumpster, Green said it was his but that 'Mohammed' must have brought it back and dumped the dog later that day.
Officers requested a copy of the Hy-Vee surveillance video from that said time frame and were unable to find contact between Green and 'Mohammed' during that time.
Current South Dakota law makes inhumane treatment of animals a Class 1 misdemeanor, carrying a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
South Dakota is the only state without felony animal cruelty laws. However, South Dakota lawmakers are working on a bill in this year's Legislative Session that could change those laws.