WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Investigators from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control say that on September 6th, 2013 they received a complaint from a neighbor in the 4900 block of Springfield Way, West Palm Beach that an adult pitbull had been locked in a small metal cage without shade or shelter and later died.
They say it was reported that owner Christopher Gibson had buried the animal after it died.
An investigator reached Gibson who said that the dog was a stray and he had picked up nine days before it died and he was not in good health.
The dog, according to Gibson, was not taken to a vet and was not given medical attention.
Gibson told investigators that he did not take the dog in because he thought it would be euthanized.
Animal Care and Control says that the temperature on the day the dog died was 91 degrees and the animal had no shade.
The dog, according to investigators, died of heat stroke.
Deputies say that on January 20th 2014 they stopped a bike rider on the 500 block of South Dixie Highway Lake Worth for not having a headline or taillight on his bike.
A record check by PBSO indicated that the bike rider was Christopher Gibson who had an outstanding warrant for animal cruelty.
Deputies say that Gibson tried to flee, but was apprehended after he was tased.
Gibson has been charged with animal cruelty and resisting arrest without violence.