An Ohio pet owner has been arrested and slapped with a $25 fine after police rescued a starving, flea-invested and abused German shepherd that had been chained to a tree for four years.
Jeremy Shane Temple was taken into custody last Friday from his Middletown home after officers and Butler County Dog Wardens responded to a report that pets were being mistreated at the residence.
Officials discovered a mangy-looking and severely emaciated German shepherd dubbed by his owner Toby tethered to a tree in the backyard with only little food and water.
When confronted by police about the pet’s horrific living conditions, Mr Temple allegedly responded, ‘the dog is not a human.’
The suspect told investigators that he had the German shepherd for four years and usually kept him outdoors.
Temple attempted to explain away Toby’s skeletal appearance by saying that during the summer months, the pooch normally shed a lot of weight.
The malnourished pup covered in sores and tick bites was released into the care of the non-profit PAWS Adoption Center, where staffers renamed him Joseph in honor of the biblical character who was left for dead by his brothers, only to became a leader.
Meg Melampy, a PAWS volunteer, recalled to the local station WCPO
that when she gave the pooch a bath, blood from incalculable flea bites freely ran off his body.
Clinic manager Mike Gigis has described it as the worst case of animal abuse he has ever seen.
According to Gigis, Joey came in weighing only about 60lbs, with his fur falling out from malnourishment and most of his teeth knocked out, the station WKRC reported.
So far, the animal rescue center has spent $1,200 covering the pup’s medical costs, which are expected to surpass $2,500.
Temple’s neighbors in Middletown said that the pet owner had denied abusing the dog, claiming that Toby-Joseph was suffering from a disease that left him emaciated and infected.
Following Temple’s arrest, a member of his family even got one of the local residents to write a letter confirming that he had never seen the animal suffering abuse.
Besides the $25 fine, Hamilton Journal News reported that Temple also faces charges of cruelty to companion animal, unlicensed dog and improper chaining or tethering. He is due back in court October 14.
Joseph is said to be doing better these days and is expected to make a full recovery. The plan is ultimately to put him up for adoption.
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It’s just disgusting not only could someone do this, but also that his family & neighbors, who had full view of the dog tied to that tree for 4 fucking years, sat around and did nothing while that poor dog starved to death, and was neglected. Who the fuck are these people? They are just wasting oxygen. And how sad is it that in America someone can do this and walk out with a $25 fine. When are the American people going to start demanding tougher animal cruelty laws? I wonder if this piece of shit has any children? If he could treat this sweet dog like this, just imagine how he would treat children. I’m so fucking sick of this shit!