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Man arrested after starving dog left in Tallahassee apartment

Man arrested after dog left starving in Tallahassee apartment
Posted at 2:17 AM, Mar 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-16 02:51:59-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A man was arrested after a dog was left in a Tallahassee apartment's bathroom for days without food and water.

Cal Smith Mobley, 24, was arrested by a Tallahassee Police Department investigator on Wednesday and booked into the Leon County Detention Center.

He faces a misdemeanor charge of improperly confinement of an animal without sufficient food and water.

Mobley caused a dog to be locked inside the bathroom of an apartment and left it there, where it was discovered days later in October 2017 by employees of the complex, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The property manager called animal control.

An animal control officer described the dog as "very thin" and noted that the apartment appeared trashed, had no working power and had "old feces outside of the bathroom."

Mobley had left the dog at the apartment when Leon County Sheriff's deputies had come by to serve a warrant on him. He fled the deputies by jumping out of a kitchen window.

The dog "was the victim of cruelty/neglect," according to a veterinarian at the City of Tallahassee Animal Shelter.

Fed at the shelter, the veterinarian said, the "emaciated" dog "with a voracious appetite" rapidly increased its body weight in a week, indicating its "poor body condition was a sign of starvation and not a medical condition."