(WFLA) – An estranged Indiana couple allegedly abandoned their dog when they left their home after a breakup and let the animal starve to death.
The Indianapolis Star reports Michael Setser, 31, and Amanda Setser, 28, were both charged with cruelty to an animal, citing court documents.
Investigators say the couple moved out of a mobile home in Greenwood after Amanda Setser filed for divorce, and left their dog Chuck at the home without any food or water.
An anonymous tip led investigators to the home, where they found the emaciated dog dead inside of a cage with no water.
Court documents show Michael called Amanda numerous times and asked her to pick up the dog and her cats because he wasn’t going to take care of them, but she refused because she had no way to take care of them. She said she last saw the dog “alive and healthy” on Jan. 7.
“Both parties failed to take Chuck with them or provide him with food and water,” the prosecutor’s office said in a news release.
Michael Setser was jailed on a charge of abandonment or neglect of a vertebrate animal, a misdemeanor. Amanda Setser also faces a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge.