LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man is facing an animal cruelty charge after allegedly leaving his dog hanging from a fence at an apartment complex in southeast Las Vegas.
Okobi Tobenna was arrested Tuesday by Metro police after animal control called to report that the dog had been found at the Siegel Suites on Boulder Highway and was not breathing.
According to the arrest report for Tobenna, when police questioned him about the dog, he stated it was missing and he didn’t know who tied his dog up.
Police reviewed video footage from the apartment complex which told a different story. The report said the video showed Tobenna walking to the front of the complex around 3 a.m. and then walking towards the rear of the complex without the dog.
Tobenna was arrested for willful/malicious torture of a dog after leaving the animal without food and water in 113-degree heat. The report said he also has two outstanding warrants from previous charges involving carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possession with intent to sell drugs.
After this case and several others, Metro Police are sending a message that there are serious consequences for those who neglect their pets in the heat. Officer Larry Hadfield says they need every pet owner to take police’s warnings seriously, when it comes to keeping pets safe during the summer months.
“You got to imagine if yourself is attached to a leash, and you couldn’t move, and you were exposed to 110-115 degrees of direct sunlight, that will put a significant stress to your body,” he said. “And in this case, it killed the animal.”
Hadfield says you will face jail time if you neglect your pet, and they are injured or die due to the heat.
Tobenna is due back in court Monday.