An Omaha man was arrested early Tuesday after an investigation indicated that he had allowed two adult pit bulls to starve to death.

Officers with the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force arrested Shane T. Palmer, 43, on a felony animal cruelty warrant that had been obtained by Nebraska Humane Society investigators.

On Jan. 9, officials said, the bodies of the two male dogs, Pokie and Boss, were found after they had been thrown down a ravine east of Palmer’s house near 16th and Pratt Streets in northeast Omaha. The dogs had no tags, officials said, but one had been microchipped. The microchip led investigators to Palmer’s house.

A necropsy by a Nebraska Humane Society veterinarian verified the primary cause of death as starvation and the secondary cause as hypothermia, officials said.

“We see things like this way too often,” said Mark Langan, vice president of field operations for the Nebraska Humane Society. “Stories like this evoke a lot of emotion in the community, and I think people are getting tired of people starving their dogs to death.”

People who are struggling to take care of their pets can hand them over to the Humane Society, Langan said. “We accept any pet for any reason,” he said.

Last month, a 25-year-old Omaha woman was arrested after authorities said she allowed her pit bull to starve to death.

Ayeshea Colbenson was charged with one felony count of animal neglect or abandonment resulting in death.

She was arrested 22 days after she reported the death of her pit bull, Bella. The dog was emaciated — with her ribs, hip bones and vertebrae visible and her eyes sunken in, according to an affidavit.

If people have concerns about a neighbor’s pet, Langan said, they can call the Humane Society at 402-444-7800, ext. 1 and an investigator will be sent out to look into the situation.

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Bob Glissmann helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow him on Twitter @BobGlissmann. Phone: 402-444-1109.

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