- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

ARLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police who found a dead dog in a barn during a burglary investigation say the animal had starved to death.

Police have cited 47-year-old Rick Thompson of Arlington on an animal cruelty charge. They responded to his home on April 6 investigating a break-in involving a woodstove when they found the dog.

Thompson said the dog had passed due to kennel cough. A veterinarian examined the dog and said it had starved to death.

It wasn’t immediately known if Thompson had a lawyer.

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