A Sioux Falls man has been charged with inhumane treatment of an animal after a 2-year-old 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.
While court documents say they deny leaving the dog in the dumpster, officers had evidence to prove it. And neighbors were suspicious all along.
"We're glad of it. Everyone out here that's heard of it so far has the same feelings. We wish it would of been a little quicker but we're glad they got 'em," Ron Johnke said.
Sioux Falls Animal Control officers wanted to be as thorough as possible before pressing charges.
"Sioux Falls is a caring, loving town. Everyone treats their animals like their own kids. When they see this, they are angry. I totally understand but we have steps and procedures we follow and this one worked," Officer Jen Trotter said.
While many wish it would have happened sooner, it still brings relief.
"We've been calling every week or so to see if there are things going on. At least it came to a good ending...as good as it can be," Johnke said.
"We're here for the animals. That is our job. We love them, we care. We want people's input. We want to know what's going on," Trotter said.
South Dakota is currently the only state in the United States without a felony animal abuse law. Thursday, the senate approved a bill that would make animal cruelty a felony.
That means, inhumane treatment of an animal, in this case is a misdemeanor.
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