'CLINTON — Clinton police are investigating the death of a dog who may have been abandoned and left to starve to death in a wire kennel behind a Clinton home.

Clinton Humane Society employees were made aware of the situation by the husband of a board member, said Sandi Bartels, the operations manager at the humane society's shelter in Clinton.

Bartels said three humane society employees went Thursday to the home in the 600 block of 7th Avenue South and found the dog dead inside a wire kennel that was among a pile of junk behind the home, which appeared to be abandoned.

The dog appeared to be a white boxer of unknown age, Bartels said.

"No animal deserves to die like that," Bartels said.

Bartels said the back yard of the home was not fenced in.

"I don't understand why somebody didn't hear something or see something," she said.

Capt. James Klaes of the Clinton Police Department said police have the names of the last owners and occupants of the home and are trying to track them down, but they appear to have moved out of the Clinton area.

Bartels said she is hopeful that they will be found.

"We're hoping that these people have to answer for what they've done to this dog," she said.