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BELLEVILLE,Ill. (KSDK) – A 48-year-old local man has been charged with cruelty to animals after a dog was found dead in a doghouse outside of a home in the 400 block of 23rd Street.

Deputies said they saw two metal bowls filled with frozen water and covered in snow when they reached the property, and neighbors expressed concern that the animal hadn't been appropriately cared for.

Robert Dickerson is charged with cruelty to animals. He is currently being held on a $5,000 bond at St. Clair County Jail.

No additional information was immediately available.

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