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Officers responded Saturday to a home for a call of a dog in distress.

A dog allegedly left in a sealed sunroom without ventilation, food or water died in an officer’s arms while police were trying to save it.

According to scanner reports, neighbors called Racine police around 11:30 a.m. Saturday to report a dog in distress at a home in the 1900 block of Deane Blvd.

Homeowners were not present, but police say they could see a pit bull dog in the sunroom of the house in distress. The sunroom was locked, windows were shut and there was no food or water visible. Police forced open the door of the home and did reach the dog.

While one officer attempted life-saving measures on the dog, another called for emergency veterinary services so they could transport the animal to safety. Their efforts were too late, and the dog died in responding officers’ arms.

There is a man in custody in the Racine County Jail on pending charges of felony mistreatment of animals and misdemeanor bail jumping.

We will update this story when the criminal complaint is filed with the Racine County Circuit Court.

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