CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police in Shelby are trying to find a man wanted for animal cruelty.
Investigators discovered two pit bulls that were starved and neglected, chained up in a yard along Logan Street in Shelby on December 15.
One of the animals is pit bull that goes by the name of Boss.
He has been housed at the Cleveland County Animal Shelter for nearly a week.
The pit bull is down to 34 pounds which is half of his normal weight.
Tripp Bowling who runs the shelter calls Boss is the lucky one. The other animal named Buster had to be put to sleep.
Bowling said, "The dog that was euthanized is 23 pounds, and had this chain that was half of its body weight."
Animal control officers were appalled at the living conditions and said that pets would sleep in these blue 55 gallon drums.
Neighbors like Javis Burston defend the surroundings.