PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local man accused of starving his dog ordered to stand trial.

Officials say the pit bull was found dead outside of the home of 26-year-old Lawrence Lecote’s parents in Lincoln-Larimer.

The dog was apparently outside for months, and humane officials say Lecote allegedly stopped feeding it.

“We’re hoping that this tragic case sends a message to everyone out there of the importance of reporting crime, not just staving dogs but any crime,” said humane agent Christine Luffey. “If you know in your heart that something is wrong, please do something about it.”

Lecote is facing charges of animal cruelty.

Humane agents say the dog died a slow, painful death.

If convicted, Lecote could face up to two years in prison.

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