A 56-year-old homeless man in Rotterdam, N.Y., has been charged with animal cruelty after locking four pit bulls in a storage unit.
Frank Burns, who had been sleeping under a railroad trestle, was evicted from his home just before Christmas. He attempted to surrender the dogs at a animal shelter but was told there was no room for them. Burns locked the dogs in cages inside a unit at Rotterdam Self Storage without food, water or heat. One of the dogs bent the cage bars in an attempt to escape.
Animal control officers also report some of the dogs may have to be euthanized because they are too aggressive. Investigators believe Burns has relocated to Florida.