Officials Rescue Dog Frozen to the Ground

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14 News, WFIE, Evansville, Henderson, Owensboro

Officials in Dubois County, Indiana came to the rescue of a Sheltie mix on Monday night that was left out in the freezing temperatures. After receiving an anonymous tip police arrived on the scene to find the dog frozen to the ground as temperatures dipped below zero.

An anonymous call was made to the Dubois County Sherriff’s Office late Monday night informing them about dogs that had been left outside in the cold in Jasper, Indiana.

Deputies followed up on the anonymous tip and found two dogs left out in the harsh conditions. One dog was in the yard on a leash and the Sheltie mix dog, named Peanut, was found inside a dog house.

 

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“A barrel-style dog house. But it was not, certainly not appropriate for the temperatures we had last night,” said Stuart Wilson of the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office. “The dog, its stomach and feet and tail had frozen to feces that was in the pen. They took warm water and poured it over the dog to free it from the floor.”

Peanut was then taken to Dubois County Humane Society where he got so much needed care, including a bath and flea treatment. Peanut is about half of the weight he should be according to the Dubois County Humane Society, but they expect him to make a full recovery. They have already received several requests to adopt him and once he is healthy they will place him in a good home.

No charges have been filed against Peanut’s owners yet, but findings from the investigation will be sent to the prosecutor’s office for review.

 

 

18 thoughts on “Officials Rescue Dog Frozen to the Ground”

    • Hi all…wrote a note to the reporter asking about the other dog and here is the response. Praying everything works out well in the best interest for the other dogs they own:

      Deputies are requesting animal neglect charges for owners George and Dorothy Kimmel. It’s in the prosecutor’s hands now. The other dog was returned to the Kimmels and was kept inside for the rest of the night. The deputy I spoke to told me the Kimmels have about seven dogs. Peanut will not be returned to them, and they’re asking for the release of the Kimmel’s other animals.

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  1. There must be charges and stiff fines and/or jail time for animal abuse, otherwise people will keep doing it. Simple logic. Now go arrest the J.A.

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    • I agree Cheryl. The penalty of fines that include jail time (unless the fine is steep, i.e. over $1000 per count unless it involves the death or near death of the animal then the AND jail time would apply) should be implemented immediately. The Kimmels and anyone who treats their pets with such neglect should be taken into custody immediately while there is an investigation. Technically this could be construed as torture with the intent to kill not just neglected. Murder or “man”slaughter charges should be filed. This type of treatment of animals will not change in our society if there are no consequences. A slap on the wrist, $100 fine, 30 days in jail but released after 2 days to make room for someone arrested on marijuana charges (possession) is not going to work. The same penalties and procedures should be followed as if this was a crime against a man, woman or child. Each city, county and state would make more money if they just legalized marijuana (I don’t use it) and concentrated on punishing people like the Kimmels. I have raised 2 boys to adulthood and I own 3 dogs that are as spoiled if not more so than my boys. My boys now rescue animals as I do and my mother before me. We just added a 12 week old lab mix that was on the euth list of a high shelter just yesterday afternoon. I also believe that these “shelters” need to stop killing and give these pets a chance for a new home. In a recent study America spends more money on prison inmates than they do on children in school. Divert the funds for criminal care and split it between the schools and the shelters. Why do we have repeat criminal offenders….its easier to be taken care of then to take care of yourself. Punishment needs to be feared not a comfort zone.

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  2. People have to be told to bring in their pets from the cold!! Can’t fix stupid but spending a little time in a cold jail would help!

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  3. they need to put charges on those people, and what happened to the other dog did it survive or is it dead? also place in effect that the people that owned those ones before cant have another animal again .

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    • Hi all…wrote a note to the reporter asking about the other dog and here is the response. Praying everything works out well in the best interest for the other dogs they own:

      Deputies are requesting animal neglect charges for owners George and Dorothy. It’s in the prosecutor’s hands now. The other dog was returned to the Kimmels and was kept inside for the rest of the night. The deputy I spoke to told me the Kimmels have about seven dogs. Peanut will not be returned to them, and they’re asking for the release of the Kimmel’s other animals.

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  4. jail is too good for that owner. They should be put on a chain out in the cold until they freeze to the ground in poop!

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  5. As soon as this cold front threatened to come in, the first thing i thought about was “how many idiots are still going to keep their dogs outside”. Unfortunately, this is just one example. More than a few petitions have popped up to get these jackasses prosecuted. I guess you cant help stupid! 0 common sense, these people should not have kids, let alone an animal.
    I’m glad the poor little guy’s alright. If I ever passed by a house that had an animal living outside constantly, especially in the freezing cold, you can bet the resident would be in for a rude visit.

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