- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln Animal Control and police are looking for the owner of a dog that investigators believe starved to death after being left in a cage.

Animal Control manager Steve Beal says a resident called animal control March 1 after finding the kennel. A female black Labrador retriever without a collar was found dead inside.

Beal says the dog was 3 or 4 years old, but its stomach was caved in as if it was dehydrated and starving.

Beal says investigators are hoping a necropsy done at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Veterinary Sciences will provide information to help find the animal’s owner.

A Lincoln police spokeswoman says police are assisting with the investigation by processing the crate for DNA and fingerprints.

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