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Indiana Authorities Rescue Dog Frozen To The Ground

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Peanut, a young Sheltie mix, has no idea just how lucky a pooch he is. He was left outside in a dog house, eventually freezing to the ground, in Jasper, IN when local authorities received a phone call from an anonymous caller late Monday night and rushed to the scene to save his life, reports 14News.com.

[He was found in] a barrel-style dog house. But it was […] certainly not appropriate for the temperatures we had last night. The dog, [his] 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 [him] from the floor,” said Stuart Wilson of the Dubois County Sheriff's Office.

Another dog was also found outside, on a leash, in the below-freezing temperatures, but no further information has been released about his/her fate.

Peanut was taken to the Dubois County Humane Society, and he is expected to make a full recovery, despite not only having been frozen to the ground, but also weighing only about half of what his ideal body weight would be.

So far, no formal charges have been filed against Peanut’s owner.

UPDATE FROM FOX19 1/8/14: "The Dubois County Sheriff's Office says 50-year-old George Kimmel and 55-year-old Dorothy Kimmel have been charged with Animal Neglect, a class A Misdemeanor."

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