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Dog recovering after authorities find him frozen to the ground

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It takes a special kind of stupid or lack of caring on the part of a pet owner to leave his pooch in the lamentable state that sheriff's deputies in Jasper, Ind., found a Sheltie mix named Peanut late Monday night.

Peanut might have frozen to death in the sub-zero temperatures had an anonymous called not tipped off the police, according to station WSOC.

Stuart Wilson of the Dubois County Sheriff's Office told reporters:

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.

As a dog lover, I can't imagine leaving a dog out when it's that cold.

Eventually, rescuers were able to free the pup from nature’s icy grip, much to their delight — and no doubt to Peanut’s. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Life meantime is about to get significantly tougher for Peanut’s owners, who are now facing charges, according to NBC affiliate WFIE. Fifty-year-old George Kimmel and his wife, 55-year-old Dorothy Kimmel, have been charged with Animal Neglect, a class A Misdemeanor.

Officials say that their actions could have seriously injured, or even killed, the animal.

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