This article is about one of the most horrible acts of animal torture this author has ever heard of.
A German Shepherd was found barely alive, emaciated, and dehydrated after his owner left him chained to a tree for four straight years. In addition, he was flea-infested, had a horrible skin infection, and was found to have heart worms. At the time he was found, he only had a few scraps of food and little water. The dog's name was changed from Toby to Joseph by the people at Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and he is currently undergoing veterinary treatment and rehabilitation.
Joseph's former owner, Jeremy Shane Temple, was charged with Cruelty to Companion Animals (Torture), Chaining or Tethering, and Unlicensed Dog on September 27, 2013. Jeremy Temple was fined and released. He must reappear in court at 9:00 a.m. on October 14, 2013.
According to the story reported in the Huffington Post, there were neighbors who saw the dog and wondered about his condition. Temple reportedly told them that the dog had a disease which made him appear to be emaciated.
The good news is that Joseph the German Shepherd is expected to make a full recovery. Readers may make donations toward his veterinary expenses and even apply to adopt him on the PAWS Adoption Center's donation page. Their mailing address is P.O. Box 1037, Lynnwood, WA 98046 and their telephone number is 425-787-2500.
After doing further research into this heart-wrenching case of animal torture, this author would like to add the following facts and comments:
- Jeremy Shane Temple, age 40 (Date of Birth: 10/19/1972), was only fined $25.00 before being released.
- Back to the original report that Jeremy Temple told suspicious neighbors that the dog had a disease which made him appear to be emaciated... Did the neighbors really believe that story or were they afraid of Jeremy Temple or did they just not want to get involved or what? If you look at the slideshow included with this article, there is no way that anybody who saw this dog could not have known that something terrible was going on. That poor dog suffered for four long years. How is it that not one single person reported this case?
- The presiding judge is Judge Mark W. Wall who was first appointed by Ohio Governor George Voinovich to serve the balance of Judge James Alton Comb's term. In November 1995, Judge Wall was elected to a full term of six years. He was endorsed by the Butler County Republican Executive Committee based on his 21 years of legal experience and a very high recommendation from the Butler County Bar Association. Judge Wall has continued to expand upon programs instituted by Judge Combs such as a treatment program for drug and alcohol offenders, domestic violence programming, a victims and witness assistance program, and bringing children's classrooms to the courtroom. He also began and expanded a community work program as an alternative to jail for young, first-time offenders.
- Readers are probably asking 'what does all this information about the Judge have to do with this article?' The point is how can a Judge who came so highly recommended from the Butler County Bar Association, who now has 40 years of legal experience, and a record of supporting programs which make him appear to care about children, victims of domestic violence, etc. let a man who nearly tortured a helpless dog to death get out of jail with a fine of only $25.00? According to Judge Wall's profile, he is married and has two children. His profile does not mention whether or not he is a dog owner but, considering the outrageously low fine he gave to Jeremy Shane Temple, he must not be an animal lover. Whatever the case, a $25.00 fine for this horrible act of animal torture is absolutely pathetic and does nothing to discourage other criminals from doing similar acts because there are no meaningful consequences. When are lawyers and judges going to start treating people who abuse animals like the criminals they really are?
- Hopefully, residents of Middletown, Ohio (and other people around the country) who hear about this story will bombard Judge Mark Wall's office with phone calls, letters, protests signs or whatever it takes to get his attention and raise his awareness about the issue of animal abuse and the need to hand down harsh, severe punishments for such heinous acts. His address is Municipal Court, 1 Donham Plaza, Middletown, OH 45042 and his phone number is 513-425-7802.
- The Prosecutor in this case is Ashley Bretland. According to her Internet profile, she specializes in speeding and traffic tickets. If you really care about justice for Joseph the Dog, it would be best if you contact her also and encourage her to 'go all out' in prosecuting Jeremy Shane Temple. Her address is 1 Donham Plaza, Middletown, OH 45042 and her phone number is 513-425-7819.
- Jeremy Temple's attorney is Patrick McKnight. It should be interesting to see what plea is entered and what the attorney's defense strategy will be because who in their right mind would want to defend anybody who could commit such a despicable crime? His address is 1733 S. Breiel Blvd., Middletown, OH 45044-6707 and his phone number is 513-217-6400.
- Last but not least, while doing additional research for this article, this author discovered that this heinous act of animal cruelty occurred in the 8th District of Ohio which is represented by Speaker of the House John Boehner. Of course, he has been busy leading the shutdown of the U.S. Government but you might want to give him a call or send him an email in order to make him aware of this case which took place within his own district. His phone number is 202-225-0600 and you can email him by going to his website.
Everything about this case is just sickening. If you are a true animal lover, please let your opinion and voice be heard to all the above-named individuals who are in positions of authority so they will take such cases more seriously, make an example of Jeremy Shane Temple, and hand down harsh punishment in order to discourage other criminals from abusing helpless animals.