By Sean McIntosh 
BELLEVILLE – A Trenton man has been charged with cruelty to animals after a dog was spotted tied to an open trailer on Highway 401 in below-freezing weather.
The Loyalist detachment of the OPP  responded to 911 calls from concerned people last Friday reporting that a grey eastbound minivan was towing an open trailer with a dog inside it. It was -9 C without windchill at the time.
An officer found the the van and stopped it near Odessa.
The dog, which police said is believed to be a husky cross, was brought into the van after the the driver was stopped.
The officer handed the driver, a 24-year-old from Trenton, a notice to appear in provincial court on a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals  was called to assist in the case, police said.