LAKEWOOD – Owners of a dog found locked inside of a frigid camper in Lakewood are facing animal cruelty charges.
The Lakewood-Busti Police Department says officers on patrol heard a dog barking from inside of a Winnebago style camper parked at a residence on Teddy Avenue in Lakewood around 10 p.m. Thursday.
Following an investigation, police located the dog’s owners, identified as Jamie Norene and Angela Snow, walking back from Jamestown around 12:30 a.m.
Officers cited the 8-degree temperature and the fact that the camper windows were frozen over when confronting the two about the dog’s condition. Their excuse, police report, was that the dog was not locked up for long before they planned to return.
Norene was issued an appearance ticket for confinement of a companion animal inside a motor vehicle during extreme cold temperatures. Additional charges may be pending in the future, police say.
Police also say the Town of Busti Animal Control and Code Enforcement Officers were notified.