Man Arrested for Trying to Help Dog Chained to a Tree in the Heat

UntitledSteve Bailey says he was just trying to help a dog chained up in the summer heat. Bailey’s actions led him to be arrested though.

It was a hot July day when Steve Bailey says he saw a white pit bull named Zeus chained to tree with no food or water.

“There were buckets back there, but they were broken and wouldn’t hold water,” said Bailey.

Bailey, concerned about the dog’s safety, unchained the dog and took it home. He then called animal control. Instead of animal control though, the police arrived at Bailey’s home to arrest him. Bailey was charged with theft by taking.

“I never intended to remove someone’s property,” said Bailey. “I was trying to assist an animal in distress.”

Zeus’ owner, Deanna Fulton, tells a different story though. She claims Bailey broke her fence and was stealing Zeus to sell him. She claims all her dogs are well cared for.

She stated that she only chains the dogs outside when she makes a quick trip away from home.  However, it is illegal to chain a dog to a tree for any amount of time in Atlanta.

The Atlanta police are standing by their arrest of Bailey, but Bailey’s attorney believes his client has a strong case.

“He was trying to do what any citizen would do to take care of the dog,” said attorney Gerald Griggs.


  1. Alex says on  08/29/2013 at 9:36 am

    While his story is a little odd. Why would he CALL animal control if he really stole the dog. This one is obvious folks. Stupid vengeful owner, the cops don’t care. Just hoping the judge will see the logic here. The chaining law should help his case immensely. If this was a dog left in a hot car and he broke the window he would be a hero.

  2. Anonymous says on  08/29/2013 at 11:26 am

    OMG Wake up people! I called this one before I even watched the news video as to the owner’s “background” shall we say. How long before one of the dogs “disappears” and is replaced by another … chained to a tree outside is a not a dog lover’s way of caring for their animals … come on now!

    • Anonymous says on  08/29/2013 at 11:30 am

      … and the white dog clearly shows uneasy behavior – almost pancaking at one point. Bailey did the right thing … right up until he called Animal Control.

  3. Paper says on  08/29/2013 at 11:32 am

    Has anyone seen what she uses to chain those dogs?! She doesn’t even have a proper collar for those dogs! She uses a chain and two locks! What kind of owner is that!? She’s just trying to get a new fence from Bailey. I don’t get it, if he intended to steal the dog to sell them then he wouldn’t have called animal control.

  4. News flash to this owner.. NO tethering means NO tethering for any period of time. I have a really hard time believing “the officer” would tell you its ok for short trips. The law is clear and does not state tethering for a minute is ok. Ridiculous

  5. Carrol says on  08/29/2013 at 11:34 am

    Only error Bailey made was he should have called animal control to where the dogs was so they could see for themselves instead of removing the dog. I believe him, but it is his word against hers. Good luck Bailey. They should also investigate the owners.

  6. Anonymous says on  08/29/2013 at 11:36 am

    More cruelty more niggers

  7. Anonymous says on  08/29/2013 at 2:20 pm

    The poor dogs are chained to a tree with huge chains via a pinch collar :(

  8. Anonymous says on  08/30/2013 at 7:53 pm

    Its against the law to tether in most large cities, if you cant care don’t have the poor animals

  9. Anonymous says on  08/31/2013 at 3:25 am

    Any available petitions that we can sign to help this good-hearted man who was treated with injustice?

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