Update 1/9/14: According to Thursday's publication of KCTV5 News, 50-year-old George Kimmel and 55-year-old Dorothy Kimmel have been charged with Animal Neglect, a class A Misdemeanor.
Thanks to an anonymous tip and the prompt response from deputies with the Dubois County, Ind., Sheriff's Office, a little dog is alive, even though his body was frozen to the ground by the time that help arrived, reported Tuesday's WFIE News.
On Monday night, when the temperature plunged below zero, two dogs were left to endure the frigid weather outside.
Deputies following up on an anonymous tip arrived to a home along State Road 56 where they found a Sheltie mix frozen to the ground by feces. The dog, named "Peanut," was freed when the deputies utilized warm water to help release his body from the cold, hard ground.
Stuart Wilson with the Dubois County Sheriff's Office, told WFIE News:
As a dog lover, I can't imagine leaving a dog out when it's that cold,"
Another dog was also outside in the subzero weather, on a tether; according to KTLA 5 News, both dogs were seized from their owner.
Despite Peanut's frigid ordeal, he is expected to make a full recovery. Staff at the Dubois County Humane Society gave him a much needed bath and flea treatment, and offers to adopt have been pouring in.
On Tuesday, the Humane Society posted the following update on their Facebook page:
We've had a flood of wonderful people looking to adopt little Peanut. We encourage anyone interested in adopting to visit is during adoption hours (Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 or Saturdays 1:00-3:00). We have a facility full of wonderful dogs and cats looking for forever homes!
We appreciate all the support and messages we have received on behalf of Peanut. A very special thanks to our friends at the Dubois County Sheriff's Department for facilitating this rescue. We are lucky to live in an area where the welfare of ALL members of our community is taken seriously.
As of Tuesday, there were no charges filed against the dogs' owners.
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