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Posted on 10/03/2013 4:59:55 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
Starved and flea-covered German shepherd is rescued after being chained to a tree for FOUR YEARS... as heartless owner gets just a $25 fine
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.
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Heart-rending sight: Toby the German shepherd, later renamed Joseph, was found chained to a tree in his owner's backyard without food or 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.
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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. Beside 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.
$ 25.00 fine for 4 years of abuse...He gets away it. I agree with the rest of the readers... $25 fine, that's all? Tie him To a tree for a few days see how he likes it. And starve him too while you're at it. I'll happily kick his teeth in, free of charge.
Not if I get there first!
Take a look at the owner/abuser at the site.Typical Southern Ohio inbread a-hole.There’s only one cure for sadism and evil at this level.
well, someone must think it is for an abuse of animals case to be covered by the UK Daily Mail. Personally, I think we need to be more aware of jerks like this guy-——before they get to be president.
In July we got a dog that had been taken by the town animal control officer. The owner was arrested for abuse and cruelty. Dodgers back was bare of fur due to untreated flea infestations and constant scratching. His hind end is very arthritic due to untreated Lyme disease. He is unable to wag his bare tail due to nerve damage.
At first I carried his 78 lbs up and down stairs each day but now, with help, he can make his own way up and down. His fur is growing back a bit and he even plays with our other rescue dog. Hes asleep at my feet right now and snoring contentedly.
I dont think Ive wanted to punch a female since I was about 6 years-old but if I ever meet Dodgers previous owner, Im going to jail.
Poor pup. The owner is a sociopath.
I hear you.
Poor pup indeed.Wonder if this jerk as a wife and kids,say a prayer for them this evening.
I’ll be your wingman....wingwoman...wingwoman who is packing...we will settle this.
From the article: “So far, the animal rescue center has spent $1,200 covering the pup’s medical costs, which are expected to surpass $2,500.
The owner, abuser needs to pay for Joseph’s medical bills and ordered to never own pets.
I admire your restraint trisham. I thought of so many words to call this @!$##%....psychopath was not amongst them...none of them can I use here.
A miracle that this dog survive at all.
Thanks, DallasSun. We agree.
I place more value on an animal’s life and well being than most of humanity.
This ilk should suffer greatly for what he did.
Six years ago I adopted a female German Shepherd, who had been treated the same way as Joseph. She was chained outside,fed whenever they thought about it, and had heartworms,that almost did her in.
She had a terrible case of separation anxiety, whenever I left the house, and there were times I thought we would never get her through it.
She is now ten years .She is a good and kind dog and I am just glad that our paths crossed when they did.
God bless you for giving Dodger a good home and bringing peace into his life.
The abuser got away easy. She plead no contest to felony animal cruelty, was reduced to misdemeanor charges, and only paid restitution this year.
People abuse children too and they need even worse punishment but I will have to leave them to the state.
Some people need a serious pounding into the ground. I’d like to start with these people and continue to Michael Vick.
You go in at night - about 1 am - and get the dog after feeding it for days at the same time...you build your trust over a week or so — and then snatch it - take it to a good home - and and then watch that POS to see if he gets another dog...there was someone there on that property that wasn’t a human — and it wasn’t the German Shepard...
I believe you would too.
Sorry but if I ever meet her, punching her out is a pleasure I’m going to keep all to myself. I’m a bit flawed that way. :)
Thanks, I am well blessed; Dodger is a wonderful dog. Its my opinion no more loving creature ever drew breath.
See my post 7. If your experience is anything like mine we are both among the luckiest people on earth.
Flawed? No, I think you are darn near perfect!
Only my dog thinks that well of me. Any human with a shred of compassion would do what we did.
There are a lot of people like this. Many people on Free Republic are like this.
They think that dogs and cats are no better than insects.
Bless you, friend.
Can anybody out there explain the mindset of getting a dog and chaining it to a tree? What’s the point? Get a pet that you never interact with? My dogs have always been part of my family.
God bless....you are a good person.
i dont know many people who wouldn’t do the same. I’ll bet you would have. Dodger has made me feel lucky.
What a great picture and a wonderful story. Thank you for rescuing her and giving her a happy life. It would be nice if there was no animal abuse, but it’s even nicer that there are people out there who go out of their way to save the lives of animals that have been mistreated, and for those who provide a safe and happy home to those who have suffered at the hands of cruel humans.
Our dog was a rescue off a farm in Indiana. He's a black labradoodle that was barely fed (he had to compete with other dogs for the scraps the farmer threw outside.)
A friend of ours initially picked him up from a rescue, but couldn't keep him because he was allergic. He called to see if I wanted a new dog (our Shepherd/Retriever mix had passed 5 months prior) so I went over to see what a black labradoodle looked like. Biggest mistake I ever made. Fell in love with the dog on the spot. By his demeanor and behavior, you'd never know he was abused.
Took my sons over the following night to see how they'd get along only to find the three of 'em took to each other like old friends.
We've had Teddy 7 years now. I cannot tell you the absolute JOY he's brought into our lives. When we first brought him home and for several months afterwards he walked so lightly and carefully around our house. We literally had to teach him how to be a puppy and how to play. What a great companion he's turned out to be though.
Like you, if I ever meet the asshat that abused this wonderful, kind and gentle animal I'm probably going to jail for assault and battery. As goofy as this may sound, I happen to believe that Dog's are God's gift to man. What other animal on the planet gives us the unconditional love they do? Here's his picture:
My family had a German Shepherd when I was very young, I barely remember him. Always loved GSD’s though. Beautiful and majestic dogs. That’s a beautiful picture, thanks for sharing.
This. Wouldn’t be the first time a situation was handled this way.
Some people need the living stuffing beaten out of them.
My cousin who often ended up with useless, abusive skinsacks sharing her bed was unaccountably brave when it came to abused animals. She’d report neighbors like this & get the pet seized. She recognised the cowardly worms as needing to feel power over another being, even if it was a loving creature that cringed & licked its abusers hands.
Too bad she wouldn’t spare herself or her son but *shrug* that’s the way that went.
“Jeremy Shane Temple was taken into custody...”
He’s not a very big guy. Probably has issues related to that but can’t exactly take it out on other people. Hence the poor dog. He should move, now that people know about him.
Great story and great doggie!!
I think this guy should be chained in the back yard with the fleas for a few years himself, just to suffer what the dog suffered.
I read recently that rescuers going in after disasters end up rescuing more animals than people, because people refuse to be rescued without their pets. As heartwarming as that is, we still have far too many scum like the guy in this story.
Thank you for your efforts.
No, dogs are NOT humans... sometimes, they’re clearly BETTER than the humans who are supposed to be caring for them.
I can’t remember a day in my life when I didn’t have at least one dog in my home.
I have three hounds now, and I lost my sweet 13-year old yellow Labbie back in January. She was a dear friend to me.
Nothing on this Earth compares to the loyalty and love that a pooch will show you.
People that mistreat dogs - or cats, for that matter - have some serious mental illness.
The owner is a sh!thead.
If you don’t like dogs, why get a dog?
Nah, I'm a sociopath and I have a couple rescue of dogs that are part of the family. In fact, I like them better than most folks I meet. I also feed the squirrels, leave a big fallow area in the back acre for wild rabbits and even leave leftovers out for the woodchucks. They LOVE spoiled fruit, BTW.
The guy in the story is just an evil POS.
The wife and I agreed a long time ago that we will never leave our pets if we get evacuated. They go with us or we stay put.
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