JESUP, Iowa --- The investigation into a dog found dead in a pet carrier last month is continuing, according to authorities.
The dog, a male Dane-Lab mix named "Caleb" posthumously, died a slow death of dehydration and starvation, according to court records, but officials have released few details in connection with the investigation.
"The case still remains active, and there are different avenues we are following up with," Isley said.
Three people have been arrested in the case.
Waterloo city employees discovered the dog's body in the 2700 block of Independence Avenue on Feb. 16.
Acting on a tips collected by Waterloo Code Enforcement, Jesup police arrested Ty Alyn Hickman, 23, on a single count of misdemeanor animal torture Feb. 28. On Wednesday, officers arrested two others --- A.J. Michael Sellers, 22, and Kelsey Renae Block, 18 --- on the same charge.
Sellers also was arrested for harassment of a public official for giving misleading information during the investigation, Isley said.
All three have been released from jail pending trial.
Court records allege the dog belonged to Hickman, and he had been keeping the dog at Sellers's place. Witnesses told police that Hickman hadn't been letting the dog out or feeding it, and Hickman allegedly said he hadn't fed or watered the dog since Jan. 15, court records state.
It wasn't clear when the dog died and if anyone else had fed or watered him since then.
Officers determined the pet carrier was similar to one that Hickman bought from PetSmart in Waterloo on Jan. 11.
Earlier: Two more arrests in dog death
10:30 a.m. - JESUP, Iowa --- Two more people have been arrested in connection with the death of a dog whose remains were found last month.
A Facebook page dedicated to the investigation into the death of the Dane-Lab mix dubbed “Caleb” identified the suspects as A.J. Michael Sellers, 22, and Kelsey Renae Block, 18, both of Jesup. They were arrested by Jesup police Wednesday on complaints of animal torture.
Records show the two were released from the Buchanan County Jail on Wednesday after posting bond.
The arrests come a week after Jesup police arrested Ty Alyn Hickman, 23, on a charge of animal torture. Hickman is also free on bond.
Workers found a pet carrier along the 2700 block of Independence Avenue on Feb. 16. Inside they found the dog, apparently starved and smeared with feces.
Animal welfare workers said it appeared the dog had been left in the crate for a while and had attempted to get out.
Publicity about the death drew donations for a reward fund that exceed $7,000. An online petition on Change.Org is seeking the maximum penalties upon conviction. As of Wednesday night, it had 5,480 signatures.