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A Hendersonville man, who left two dogs caged and locked up in a 100-degree storage facility in White House for several hours, is facing cruelty to animal charges in Robertson County, according to police.

Shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, the manager for Simply Self Storage, located at 1120 Highway 76 East, telephoned police to report the sound of dogs barking in a locked storage unit that was not climate controlled, according to a report issued by the White House Police Department.

Police had the lock on the storage unit's door cut with a torch and discovered two dogs in cages inside the unit.

The report said there was no food or water left for the animals and that the dogs' cages had blankets on them.

The manager of the storage facility estimated the dogs were locked up for about two hours.

While the dogs were being rescued, Hendersonville Police officers were able to track down the dog's owner, who said he had not intended to leave the dogs in the storage unit for that long.

John David Powell, of Hendersonville, now faces two counts of animal cruelty. He is scheduled to appear in Robertson County General Sessions Court on July 10.

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