Police told News 12 that the owners will likely face charges.
Jersey City Animal Control responded to the Neptune Avenue home and the owners eventually allowed them to tend to the dog but it was too late to save the animal’s life, News 12 reported.
The owners admitted that they put the dog in the cage on the roof so neighbors “wouldn’t be bothered by its barking,” police told News 12, according to the report.
Neighbors told News 12 they had seen the dog on the roof all day and heard its cries.
“I’m a dog walker and I was horrified,” one neighbor told News 12. “Yesterday, I was walking dogs with bottles of water and they couldn’t even walk on the concrete.”
Jersey City police officials did not immediately provide more information about this incident.