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CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. - Cleveland County Sheriff's deputies are on the hunt for a former dog owner, who left a dog for dead inside a filthy apartment.

After weeks without rent payments, employees of the complex showed up to serve an eviction notice.

When they arrived, they found a trashed living area and a hidden cage in a closet.

"They realized there was a dog in it, and seemed vicious," explained Stephen Teel, owner of the complex.

It appeared the young rottweiler had wasted away in the cage for more than a week, stewing and shedding in her own filth.

In addition to owning the complex, Teel is a reserve deputy with the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office.

"They opened a case on this, so they're investigating now," he said.

Deputies are also trying to find the apartment's former tenant, Joshia Freeman, to learn more about his possible connection with the animal abuse.

The dog, now known as Hope, is on the mend with a new family.

"The vet says she's 25 pounds underweight," said Sonya Haskins, who adopted the dog on Thursday. "Just have to give her a lot of love, earn her trust."

Anyone with information on where Freeman may be located is urge to call the sheriff department's tip line at (405) 701-8870.