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A Lenox Township man has been charged with animal cruelty after sheriff’s deputies found dead cats and a dog inside a freezing home over the weekend.

On Tuesday, Robert Walter Denys, 60, was arraigned in the 42nd District Court of New Baltimore on a charge of animal abandonment/cruelty (four to 10 animals).

The charge is a felony with a potential two-year prison sentence.

Deputies from the Macomb County Sheriffs Department responded to a home on the 63000 block of Gratiot at about 8:15 p.m. Saturday to check on a report of animals that hadn’t been fed or watered.

No one was at the dwelling when deputies arrived, but they could see numerous animals in and around the home.

Deputies entered to check on the welfare of any resident or animals inside and found the house to be in poor condition with garbage and animal waste throughout.

Deputies — who had called in the Macomb County Animal Control Division to aid in their investigation — found the carcasses of four dead cats and the skeletal remains of what they believed to be a dog.

At one point, Denys arrived and reportedly told investigators there hadn’t been any heat in the home for “well over a month.”

He also reportedly said he was aware of the dead animals inside the home, but that the ground was too frozen for him to bury them.

Denys was arrested and brought to the Macomb County Jail and was later released after posting a $10,000 personal bond.

Denys is due back in court at 9 a.m. on March 4.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

(313) 222-2023

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