Man accused of burying dog under trash

October 4, 2008 2:52:55 PM PDT
Animal-welfare officers say a New York City man with a history of domestic abuse and sex offenses has been arrested for starving his dog to death and burying it under a pile of trash.The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it first found the man in February near his Queens home trying to hide the body of the emaciated mixed-breed dog. ASPCA peace officers took the dog's body for an exam.

The dog had lost all fat and muscle and had no trace of food in its stomach.

ASPCA officers say they arrested the man Thursday near his home.

The man is charged with animal cruelty and evidence tampering.

He faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

The ASPCA says his record shows arrests for rape, failing to register as a sex offender and other crimes.

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