FALMOUTH — A 27-year-old Mashpee man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Falmouth District Court to two counts of animal cruelty related to the condition of a dog he dropped off at an animal shelter.

Carlton Hendricks III, of 165 Ninigret Ave., was released on his own recognizance and ordered not to acquire or care for any more animals. He is due back in court for a pretrial hearing March 27.

The charges are related to an emaciated pit bull Hendricks brought to the MSPCA Cape Cod Animal Shelter in Centerville on Jan. 17, according to a report filed by MSPCA Enforcement Officer Chelsea Weiand and included in court records. Although the family initially had called asking to bring the dog in to be euthanized, the dog was dead when Hendricks dropped him off, the report states.

Seeing the poor condition of the animal, MSPCA workers contacted the agency’s enforcement division. In her report, Weiand describes the condition of the pit bull, whose name was Soulja: The dog’s eyes were sunken, he had open sores and wounds all over his body and some of those were so deep bone was visible. He was missing fur in several places and was so emaciated his vertebrae, ribs and hip bones all protruded.

Hendricks told Weiand during an interview that the dog, about 10 years old, was refusing to eat. He was charged for his failure to address that refusal and get the dog proper care.