A Middletown, Ohio, man is accused of keeping his German shepherd tethered to a tree for four agonizing years, reported Thursday's WCPO News.
According to authorities, the dog's owner, Jeremy Shane Temple, neglected and abused the dog, who is currently recovering from his miserable existence at the West Chester Veterinary Center.
The skeletal shepherd, dubbed "Joseph," by his rescuers, was discovered last Friday on a chain in Temple's backyard; he had little food or water, and no shelter from the elements. Rescuers described Joseph's demeanor as "sad."
Joseph's pitiful body speaks of his years of misery; he has heart worms, weighs half of what is considered to be normal, is losing hair from malnutrition; his body was infested with fleas.
Despite his years of neglect, Joseph still craves human attention.
The veterinary clinic manager, Mike Gigis, told Local 12 News:
"He's a good boy, he wants to be loved."
The man accused of forcing Joseph to suffer through a lonely, miserable existence is said to have told the responding police officer:
"the dog is not a human,”
Amazingly, despite Joseph's deplorable state of health, the man accused of being responsible has only been issued a $25 fine.
Temple is due in court on Oct. 14 to face all of his charges, including animal torture, chaining and failure to license a dog.
Follow Joseph's recovery at this link to the West Chester Veterinary Center on Facebook.
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