Megan Brown, a cruelty investigator with the Toledo Area Humane Society, said:
"I don't know how long she was out there. She was frozen solid."
Brown said an underweight male dog was inside the house. She was able to seize him after obtaining a search warrant.
The dogs belong to Victor Vallejo Sr., who said he left the dogs inside the home a few days ago when freezing temperatures hit the Great Lakes region hard.
"I wasn't staying there, but I was going back and forth and feeding them. They had plenty of food and water. I've been staying here and there at the moment. I kind of fell on some bad times."
Both dogs are American bullies. The female who died was named Nanas, and the male is named Haze. As far as how Nanas got outside, Vallejo said:
"I don't know how they would have got out. Everything was locked up tight."
According to Brown, Nanas was in the fenced front yard, and neither her or Haze had any food or water.
"She [Nanas] didn't appear to be in poor health, but it's hard to tell when she's curled up and frozen."
The humane society is pursuing possible animal cruelty charges against Vallejo in Toledo Municipal Court.
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