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Niles man appears in court after dog dies of heat stroke

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NILES, Ohio -

A Niles man appeared in court on Wednesday after his dog died of a heat stroke.

Neighbors called 911 when they noticed the dog had been left out at its Clay Street home in the hot temperatures for an extended period of time on June 29.

Niles police arrived at the home shortly after to find the dog laying on the ground, with no shelter, a bowl with no water and food on the ground next to the bowl.

An officer took the dog to a nearby vet clinic, where it was determined he died from a heat stroke.

Authorities say a warrant was issued for 37-year-old Johnnie B. Murry after he failed to appear in court on Monday.

Murry turned himself in on Monday afternoon. He appeared in Niles Municipal court where an automatic not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. 

Murry's attorney waived his pretrial hearing in Niles Municipal Court on Wednesday. 

Murry's attorney, David Engler tells 21 News that his client loved his dog and that this was not a case of animal cruelty or neglect.

"The dog had a heat stroke. So this wasn't one of these cases where the dog's been neglected for days and days or weeks and you see it emaciated or not given water. It's just that it was hot out that day," says Engler. 

His bond is continued at $50,000.

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