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Updated Jun 30, 2012 - 11:46 am

Queen Creek man facing animal cruelty charges

This dog was taken to Palm Glen Animal Hospital where it is being treated for dehydration. Photo courtesy of MCSO.

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. - Authorities say a Queen Creek man has been charged in an animal cruelty case.

Detectives from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Animal Crimes Unit arrested 59-year-old Ronnie Hayes at his home Thursday.

They say one dead dog and one severely dehydrated dog were found in Hayes' property.

The animals were left without food or water in 110-degree conditions.

Detectives say Hayes told them he last saw the dogs about 7 p.m. Wednesday and they both seemed fine.

He also said he provided food every other day and water daily although detectives found no evidence of water in or near the enclosures.

The dog that was found alive was taken to an animal hospital.

Hayes now is out of jail and awaiting a future court date on two counts of animal cruelty.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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