Jeremy Shane Temple was arrested for mistreating his German shepherd dog and fined $25 reported Thursday's Daily Mail. The emaciated dog Temple referred to as Toby, had been tethered to a tree at his 4908 Roosevelt Ave. residence in Middletown, Ohio.
An anonymous call to authorities and the Butler County Dog Warden prompted an investigation. When discovered, Toby was emaciated, covered in fleas, and tethered to a tree with little food and water.
When asked why the dog was being kept in such poor condition, Temple replied, "the dog is not a human." He went on to explain the dog was emaciated because in the summer the dog usually dropped a lot of weight.
Authorities seized the dog, and Toby was taken to the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) where Toby was renamed Joseph after a biblical character left for dead and then came back as a ruler. At intake, Joseph weighed a gaunt 60 pounds and was missing most of his teeth.
The dog's flea infestation was so severe, that as Joseph was being bathed by a PAWS volunteer, blood ran from the dog's skin.
Neighbors say Temple had them convinced the German shepherd had a chronic disease.
The dog was taken to the West Chester Veterinary Center. Information about donating to Joseph's care can be found by clicking here. Joseph's medical bills are expected to be about $2,500. Any extra donations received will be used for other severe cases. This is the fourth case of a critically injured animal PAWS has encountered this year.
According to the Facebook page, Justice for Joseph set up for Joseph's news and welfare, the most recent update stated:
"Status update on Joseph: Joseph's condition has improved markedly since he initially was admitted. He's added 8 lbs of weight. He's no longer receiving IV fluids and his IV has been discontinued. He's taking his medications orally. Joseph is both eating and drinking. The doctor is allowing time for him gain some weight and strength before she moves forward with treatment for his heartworms. He still has a nasty ear infection in both ears which is receiving daily treatment. Joseph has a sweet personality and is gentle when receiving treats."
Temple was taken to the Middletown Jail and is now free on a $5,000 bond.
The Journal -News reports that additional charges against Temple have been added including cruelty to a companion animal, having an unlicensed dog, and improper tethering.
A Pomeranian dog was also found on the premises confined in a pen made of chicken wire. No reports have been made available as to the condition of that dog.
"When are authorities ever going to make animal cruelty a real crime - instead of charging this man $25 for not doing right by his dog?," asked Virginia Madsen of Miami, Fla. "These crimes are so horrendous and involve such intentional cruelty yet nothing ever changes."
Temple's court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 14 at the Middletown Municipal Court.
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