A dog owner in Chenango County has been arrested following an investigation into the animal's death spurred by a social media post.

Authorities say 31-year-old Michael Holbert of Sherburne was charged with animal cruelty, a misdemeanor.

According to state police, animal rights advocates, including representatives of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, shared an online report about the dog's condition.

Some of those concerned about the animal's welfare contacted police.

Troopers and state police investigators were assisted by Rick Crowell, a local animal control officer.

Police say Holbert allegedly failed to provide adequate shelter and sustenance, resulting in the dog's death. He was arrested Monday.

Under state law, animal owners are required to provide adequate food, water and shelter. They also must prevent animals from being "unjustifiably injured."

State police say owners must be sure animals left outside have adequate shelter against the cold. Owners also should ensure that there's adequate food and water that won't freeze during periods of frigid weather.

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