NORTH AURORA – Charges have been filed against a man who abandoned a dog in a cage without food and water, according to a news release from North Aurora Police.

Santos Chavez, 25, of Aurora, was charged with failing to provide necessary care, a Class B misdemeanor, the release stated. The charge is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,500, if convicted.

Police issued Chavez a Notice to Appear at 9 a.m. Feb. 13 at Kane County Branch Court, 1200 E. Indian Trail, Aurora. In an email, police stated that the Chavez has not yet been served with the Notice to Appear.

The Rottweiler puppy named Hercules was found Nov. 1, 2019 alone in a cage in the garage of a rental home in the 1000 block of Kilbery Lane, the release stated.

“We understand that Hercules was adopted and doing quite well now,” the release stated.

The dog was discovered by a cleaning person who came to clean out the property after a renter left.

Hercules was in the cage long enough to urinate and defecate in the cage and on himself, the release stated 

The owner had moved out the day before but returned for the rental truck parked at that location. At that time, the owner agreed to give up the dog to a local rescue organization and an investigation was initiated.

Officers investigated by talking to neighbors and the veterinarian who treated Hercules, the release stated.

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