FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas linebacker Jarrett Lake was arrested for animal cruelty after one of his dogs was found dead and another malnourished.
Animal control officers were dispatched to a Fayetteville home rented by Lake on Dec. 29, 2013, after receiving a complaint of animal abandonment. A Washington County affidavit said the officer entered the home and found a dead put bill lying beside a baby stroller in the garage, while another dog was found in one of the upstairs bedroom and appeared to be starving.
A necropsy was performed on the deceased dog and only a small piece of black plastic was found with no food present in the stomach. The second dog was examined at the Fayetteville Animal Shelter, where it was determined it was emaciated and severely malnourished.
Officers also determined Lake had moved out of the residence six days earlier.
Police attempted to contact Lake after finding the dogs, but Lake’s aunt told them he was at a football camp out of state. He called the officers back and told them the dogs were his responsibility, but agreed to surrender the animals to a shelter.
The affidavit states an arrest warrant then was issued for Lake.
Lake was booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 12:54 p.m. on Thursday. He was released at 4 p.m. after posting $2,500 bond.
Lake didn’t receive much playing time during his first three seasons with the Razorbacks, but started most of his senior season in 2013. He finished with 77 tackles, which was tied for second on the team. Lake also participated in Arkansas on-campus pro day in front of NFL personnel on March 4.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau