Police: Animal cruelty charges pending for Jersey City dog owner who left pet to die on hot tar roof

Neighbors say owners left their pet Yorkie caged on the roof of a building all day Friday.

Neighbors say owners left their pet Yorkie caged on the roof of a building all day Friday. (6/2/13)

JERSEY CITY - Police in Jersey City tell News 12 New Jersey that animal cruelty charges are pending after a small dog was left in the blistering heat on a rooftop with no food or water.

Neighbors say owners left their pet Yorkie caged on the roof of a building all day Friday, in the sweltering mid-90s temperatures.

Jersey City Animal Control took photos of the Yorkie while it was in the metal cage, but was unable to retrieve the dog in time to save it.

Authorities say the owners eventually cooperated, letting them retrieve the dog from the roof after it had died. Officials also say the owners admitted that they put the dog on the roof so neighbors wouldn't be bothered by its barking.

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