Dog Who Spent Four Years Chained to Tree is Rescued

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10.3.13 - Chained GS Rescued

An Ohio man was charged with animal cruelty for keeping his German Shepherd chained to a tree for four years.

The dog, who was originally named Toby by owner Jeremy Shane Temple, has been renamed Joseph in tribute to the biblical man who was left for dead and later became an Egyptian ruler.

Middletown police and volunteers from the Public Animal Welfare Society found Joseph with very little food or water. He had been starved, weighing only half of the 100 pounds that would be normal for him.

PAWS volunteer Meg Melampy said he is missing teeth from eating bricks and rocks out of desperation, and has heartworm and a serious ear infection. He was also being devoured by fleas.

“When I gave him a bath, the blood just ran off of him,” Melampy said.

Officers said witnesses had seen Joseph tied up outside, and believed he was sick.

“They told us that it was a disease that he had,” neighbor Ron Allman said of the Temples’ explanation.

When Jeremy Temple was arrested, a family member asked Allman to vouch for them and say the dog hadn’t been abused.

“She wanted us to write a sort of note…that we never saw anyone mistreat the dog…so we did,” Allman said.

When Temple was asked about the dog’s pitiful condition by the arresting officer, he responded, “the dog is not a human.”

He was fined a mere $25 for the abuse, hardly a punishment, and is due in court on October 14. It is unknown if he will face a harsher penalty.

Joseph is expected to make a complete recovery, and will hopefully find himself a good home.

“He’s feeling a little better now, a little more perky,” West Chester Veterinary Clinic manager Michael Gigis said.




14 thoughts on “Dog Who Spent Four Years Chained to Tree is Rescued”

  1. So because the dog is not human, it deserves to be treated badly, tied to a tree and starved to death? Why own an animal if you have no intention of taking care of it? Are you so pathetic that you enjoy watching an animal suffer? If you put yourself higher than God’s creatures and show them no kindness, you don’t deserve to one them!

    I’m not sure I would call someone like this human, but I certainly can think of a name…

  2. Like I’ve said before- There is a special place in hell for people that abuse children & animals. And this as*hole has a one way ticket!

  3. I say “An eye for an eye” ,tie his rotten ass to that tree, withold food and water until his bones stick out and fleas and ticks infest his ass and suck him dry. Piece of shit is too good for this asshole. I wonder if Hell would even accept him.

  4. This is beyond belief. EVEN if the elderly neighbor couldn’t get over there to SEE how bad the dog was – just the fact that he was tied to a tree for FOUR FRICKIN’ years should have been enough to call the authorities!

    What the hell is wrong with people?

    I hope one day, the laws change drasticaly for animal abusers, I don’ think it will be in my life time, but I pray one day it does.

    $25.00 fine. Shame on this city.


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