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Former Hog Football Player Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

WASHINGTON COUNTY, AR -- Former University of Arkansas linebacker Jarrett Lake was arrested after police found one of his dogs dead, and the another extremely malnourished.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, AR -- Former University of Arkansas linebacker Jarrett Lake was arrested Thursday on animal cruelty charges after police found one of his dogs dead, and another extremely malnourished.

On December 29, 2013, Animal Control Officers were dispatched to 2483 N. Jeremiah Place in Fayetteville to investigate a complaint of animal abandonment.  According to the police report, when officers arrived they found feces covering the garage floor, and a dead dog lying beside a baby stroller.

Officers also say they found a black dog that appeared to be starving in one of the upstairs bedrooms.  The dog was taken to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter and it was determined it was extremely thin due to lack of feeding.

A necropsy revealed the deceased dog had only a small piece of black plastic in its stomach, with no food present.

When contacted by officers, Lake said he was out of state attending a football camp.  Lake admitted he was the owner of the dogs, and they were his responsibility.

Lake was arrested Thursday on aggravated animal assault charges and held on a $2500 bond.

Lake played in 38 games and had 104 tackles as a linebacker for the University of Arkansas football team.

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