Michael John Foley, 54, was charged on Monday with animal abuse and abandonment after leaving his sick dog in a remote area of County Line Road near the Echo Valley Country Club to die reports the DesMoinesRegister.com.
Bear, a brown, mixed setter breed acknowledged the arrival of authorities by picking up his head, but cried in agony as an officer tried to coax the dog to his feet. An infected wound on the dog's back was reported.
Bear was taken to a veterinarian at the Animal Rescue League and was humanely euthanized.
The dog's identity and owners were traced through Bear's microchip. When interviewed, Foley's wife stated that Bear woke up in the middle of the night in pain, and her husband said he was taking the dog to the vet. Instead, Foley took Bear to an isolated area and just walked away. When he arrived home, Foley allegedly told his wife the dog was euthanized by the vet. Humane Officer Sgt. Butler stated:
“Instead of doing the proper thing, he took it to a desolate area to fend for itself even though it was injured and sick."
Foley told authorities money was tight. He has also been charged with a dog license violation and a failure to vaccinate Bear.
Rest in peace Bear. We are sorry anyone could be so heartless.
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