Newport News man charged with animal cruelty after two dogs die of heat stroke

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Newport News, Va. – Delmonte Crawford , a 19-year-old Newport News man, has been charged with animal cruelty after police say two dogs were found dead in his backyard in the Denbigh area of the city.

A neighbor called police to report seeing the dogs dead in the back yard of the home on Deputy Lane.

A necropsy was performed and officials found the two pit bull/mixed dogs died of a heat stroke.

Crawford told police he put the dogs outside on July 5th during a party. He said he fed the dogs and left water out for them.

Officials say the dogs were tied against a door on the patio.

Crawford has been charged with animal cruelty and he was given summonses for failing to give the dogs enough food, water, and shelter.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for more updates on this case.