UPDATED at 11:05 a.m.
Indianapolis police have arrested a man after a dog was found frozen to death and thrown away in a dumpster.
Wednesday afternoon, volunteers with Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside checked the welfare of a dog that was allegedly left outside by the owner in the 2400 block of E. 10th St. They found the dog dead in a dumpster behind the location.
Indianapolis Animal Care Services officers and an IMPD detective investigated and learned the dog belonged to Gordon Turentine, 62. Turentine admitted the dog was his, a female named Remy. Turentine allegedly found Remy frozen Wednesday morning and then placed her in the dumpster.
East District IMPD officers and the investigating detective served the arrest warrant and took Turentine into custody without incident Friday morning. He was charged with animal cruelty and issued citations for improper care and treatment and unlawful disposal of animal. He was later released on his own recognizance.
Indianapolis City-County councilors are calling for charges against the owner of a dog that was tossed in the trash after it froze to death during this week’s frigid temperatures.
Council Vice President Zach Adamson says it’s heartbreaking to think of the way the animal suffered.
“This isn’t just willful ignorance here. This is a blatant disregard for proper care and treatment of another living creature that you are charged with caring for," says Adamson. “None of our neighbors, human or animal, should have to face these kind of weather conditions without appropriate shelter.”
Adamson sponsored the city’s updated Care and Treatment Law in 2015. It states that animals must be brought inside when the temperature is below 20 or above 90.
“I’m hoping that over time culture in Indianapolis will change to the point where these are just common sense rules for people and they’ll just know this right out of the gate. When you take on an animal that you have to care for its physical needs as well as their mental and social needs, says Adamson.”
If you see a pet left out in the cold, call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622. At night, call 317-327-3811.