The beautiful puppy never stood a chance with the owner that he was cursed with - that owner was identified to police through an informant.
That informant led police to the home of Bryan I. Hutcherson, 19.
Shockingly, Hutcherson is reported to have told police that the puppy was too stressful and "too expensive" to feed.
Instead of surrendering the puppy to an animal control facility, the man and his girlfriend reportedly watched him starve to death before their eyes.
Apparently little Snoop was kept in a wire cage measuring 2 ft x 3 ft - the cage was kept in the couple's living room. The informant told police that the puppy was covered in feces and shaking the last time that he was seen in February.
Puppies, with their quickly growing and developing bodies, require special puppy food during their first year of life - food with extra calories and nutrients to keep them healthy and ensure proper growth.
Instead, Snoop received nothing - from what his owner told police, he apparently received nothing for over a month.
Hutcherson told the police that he decided to lay the sick puppy on the sidewalk, just 2 blocks from his home, last Thursday - the puppy was so weak that he could not raise his head from the cement....
A necropsy showed that the emaciated puppy's organs had systematically shut down as a result of the starvation.
How could a person watch another life slowly fade away before their eyes? Surely Snoop suffered greatly - surely there was crying as the pain wracked his little body....
Hutcherson was held on a $1000 bond and will have a preliminary hearing on April 14. He could face fines of $10,000 and up to 3.5 years behind bars.
In the court of public opinion, his name will forever be associated with that of a person with no heart.
His unidentified girlfriend is also facing charges - her case has been sent to the Winnebago County District Attorney.
My name is Melanie Samet, and I am an avid lover of all things animal. I have worked with several animal rescue groups over the years, but started my own rescue, called Mutts Matter Rescue, in 2010. Helping animals is my calling in life. I am married to my wonderful husband Brian, and we live with our three beautiful, furry babies named Ferbie, Shiloh and Barney (not including any foster dogs passing through on their way to their forever home).
I felt that a blog would be a great way to talk about anything related to my life involving rescue, my dogs, or just anything that may move me that day. Sometimes it may just be a photo or story that inspired me in some way. Some days I may have to vent and shed light on some animal related issues that are bothering me.
Either way, it's all about the animals. Clearly my life has gone to the dogs....
I would like to dedicate my blog in memory of all my animal friends who have lost their battle for life. This is for you...May you rest in peace.