A man in Atlanta, Ga., was arrested for what he says, was an act of goodwill towards a chained dog who was left to suffer in the heat, reported Wednesday's WSBTV News.
On a hot July day, the dog, a white pit bull named "Zeus," was removed from his chain, which was attached to a tree, by a man named Steve Bailey.
Bailey took photos which he says show that the dog did not have access to food or water. After removing Zeus from the chain and taking him home, Bailey called animal control.
An animal control officer did not arrive, but instead - the police did.
Bailey was arrested and charged with "theft by taking."
Zeus' owner, Deanna Fulton, not only denies that her dogs were in danger, but she claims that Bailey was trying to steal Zeus so that he could sell the dog.
Fulton's argument that Bailey wanted to sell her dog does not hold much water, especially in light of Bailey's call to animal control to let them know that he had the dog in his possession.
Now, the matter is going to court.
Bailey's attorney, Gerald Griggs said:
He was trying to do what any citizen would do to take care of the dog.
Chaining dogs to a tree is illegal in Atlanta - Zeus' owner claims that she only does it when she runs errands.
Watch the news clip here.
Click here to read about a dog in New York who died after being left in the heat just this summer.
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