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Police to charge owner who abandoned dog



Published: Fri, June 18, 2010 @ 12:07 a.m.

Related story: 7-year old treated at hospital after attack by large dog

By Elise Franco

efranco@vindy.com

North Lima

Beaver Township police said they will file charges today against the owner of a Saint Bernard that was abandoned outside Angels for Animals’ shelter.

Police Chief Carl Frost said the county prosecutor’s office will file a second-degree misdemeanor charge of abandoning an animal.

Frost said although there was another individual in the truck Tuesday night when the dog was left tied to a large trash bin in the shelter’s parking lot, only the animal’s owner can be charged.

The man’s identity won’t be released until he is charged, Frost said.

Kate McDermott, general manager of Angels for Animals, said the dog was illegally abandoned just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

McDermott said they were able to view the incident thanks to surveillance cameras in the parking lot.

“They tied the dog to the Dumpster and drove away,” she said. “To tie up a dog and drive away and not know the fate of it is inexcusable.”

The next morning, a shelter volunteer arrived to find the 150- to 200-pound animal still chained up, McDermott said.

“One of the first volunteers to arrive noticed the dog, and he walked over to see if the dog was all right,” she said. “He didn’t realize the dog was on a long run, about 25 feet long. When he walked over, the dog knocked him down and bit him.”

She said the employee was taken to the emergency room and is recovering at home.

McDermott said the dog continued to act aggressively toward workers who were trying to bring him inside the building.

She said they used rabies poles and had to sedate him to get him inside.

“He was jumping and growling at us.” she said.

McDermott said it was because of the dog’s extreme aggression that they decided to euthanize.

“Normally in a case like that, we will quarantine it for 10 days, but he was far too aggressive to be safely contained,” she said. “It would have been too risky for our employees to try to care for him during that time.”

This isn’t an isolated incident of abandonment, McDermott said.

Though the shelter has signs posted informing people that leaving a dog is illegal, it happens at least once per week.

“We are not animal control here. People really do need to use the local dog pounds,” she said. “Angels is a private shelter. We only accept dogs through a foster program.”


Comments

1Lifesnadir(164 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Look at the owner for abuse BEFORE the dog was abandoned. I bet that poor pooch did not have a very happy life. And I can imagine his fear with being dumped at a dumpster...

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2RNRAT2003(10 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

WHAT???
Someone left a dog at an animal shelter and they're being charged?
They left the dog at an ANIMAL SHELTER; not loose roaming streets.

This blows my mind.

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3RNRAT2003(10 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

AND...there is a room there at Angels for Animals, where you can leave animals and they will be euthanized.

What is the big difference here? This person left the dog outside with fresh air instead of in the tiny room.

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4LogicAndGrammar(19 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Don't any of you realize that it takes money to run a shelter?

I bet Angels for Animals could have taken the dog in if the owner had followed their process and paid any fees associated with that process.

When the guy became caretaker of that dog, he assumed responsibility of it.

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5furball(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

What that story doesn't tell you is that the 150 pound dog attacked the owner's neighbor earlier that day in Struthers. The owner told Struthers police he would keep the dog locked up, but instead, he drove it to Angels for Animals at 10:00 at night and tied it to a dumpster. The shelter is open 5 days a week to talk to people about taking their animals. Tying a dog to a dumpster and leaving it is illegal. And tying a known vicious dog to a dumpster and leaving it to attack an elderly volunteer is unconscionable.

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6CityDweller705(16 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Lifesnadir ... I personally know the dog and the owner and have played with that dog MANY times. The home life of that dog was better than most people. If you don't have anything intelligent to say, keep it to yourself. I find it AMAZING that someone can drop off a defenseless infant or newborn at a church, daycare or hospital and it is not a crime and is not abandonment. But take a dog to an animal shelter and leave it and now it's a crime. Could the owner have used better forethought, certainly. This was an act of desperation and leaving a dog that he loved dearly proves that. Because the dog was getting increasingly excitable the owner knew it could not stay at home so he took it to a shelter. Bad choice, but again, one made out of desperation, not hatred for the animal or anything else.

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7furball(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

A 150 pound dog is not a defenseless baby and it is not the same thing at all. That dog bit someone and the owner new it. The owner had to know he was putting people at risk by leaving that dog tied up in the parking lot. What if a family had come in the morning to look at animals and a child had gotten too close? Not to mention that no one who really loves their dog would tie it to a dumpster and leave it. There are signs posted on the door of the shelter advising people what to do with an unwanted dog and there are phone numbers listed. All he had to do was hold the animal overnight in his house or garage or somewhere and someone would have been available to talk to him in the morning. The pound takes dogs on demand anytime during their business hours, Angels for Animals does not. They are a private shelter and only take dogs when arrangements are made in advance. The general manager of Angels said on WFMJ that they couldn't even get the dog inside the building without sedating it. This is a shelter operated mostly by volunteers, not animal control. They are not equipped to handle vicious animals. I'm sorry for the owner's problems, but yes, he showed bad judgement, and he knowingly put people at risk, and yes, he should be held responsible.

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8citizen13(17 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I have to say....that dog had a great home life. It was NEVER mistreated in any way. The owner is a very decient man and Im sure is heart broken over the enitre situation. He loved and cared for that dog. He was trying to do the right thing just went about it in the wrong way. Knowing the owner, I feel that he finally came to terms that the dog must be put down and it was a "now or never" kind of thing. Its hard to let go of an animal that you love.

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9kfarley13(16 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The owner should be tied to a dumpster and left. A short leash should be used to tie him. It just goes to show how today's society has no responsibility!!!!!

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101970mach1(1005 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

1. The animal shelter has signs that clearly say NOT to abandon dogs there.
2. There are also signs that say to take the dog to the pound.
3. This and every other shelter is OVERWHELMED with abandoned animals. Private funds run these shelters, not govt money.
4. One reason you should not abandon a dog at a shelter is for the reason that occurred: the dog might attack someone.
5. This owner KNEW his dog might attack someone because the person his dog had just mauled was still in the hospital when he abandoned the dog. Yet he tied it outside to a dumpster w/o any shelter. What if the garbage company was doing a pick up and didn't see the dog?
6. Why would he abandon the dog at 10 at night?
7. The pound charges all of $5 a day to hold a dog under quarantine. The guy who abandoned the dog should have kept the dog under quarantine from the previous dog bite, not dumped his problem onto the animal shelter.

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11RubyGirl(22 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

What decent man knowingly and against police instruction abandons a dog with a bite history by tying him to dumpster in the parking lot of a shelter run by volunteers? If he loved this dog, he would have followed police instruction and then started some sort of training to correct the aggression or at the very least, taken it to the vet to have it humanely euthanized in a way that posed no threat to people.

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12dees2cents(38 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I too know the owner and the dog.
I know that the dog had a wonderful life ( better then most children have) and it was loved and cared for at all times.
Was the road taken the wisest? , probably not, but it was a decision made at the time.
I have played with and petted this dog many times. He was beautiful and well taken care of. I am so sorry for the outcome in this situation.
The owner is a friend of mine and he is one of the most decent people I know. He is a very responsible person and this has to be killing him right now.
He will be held accountable for his choices that night, but he will forever be heartbroken about the events.

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13Cassie(88 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

How anyone can defend this man's actions is amazing to me. He was told by the police to keep the dog in quarantine for 10 days because it had just attacked a neighbor. To leave the poor animal tied to a dumpster on a long enough leash that it could attack someone else is unconscionable. It is also alarming that a dog which has been harmless and playful suddently becomes aggressive--dogs are kept quarantined to determine if they have rabies so that the victim might have to be treated for that.

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14henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

When you decide to bring a puppy home, you have decided to be responsible for that animal during it's entire life which includes death. You are resposible for seeing it thru either by injection from a vet or a bullet. Take care of it.

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15dees2cents(38 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I do not see on here where anyone is defending the owners actions. We are just trying to tell you that the owner is a good man and that descent people make mistakes.
You have never done anything that you wish you could take back? Or you wish that you could do over again?
I am a HUGE dog and animal lover and I feel so badly about what took place, but the owner is a very fine young man that happened to make a wrong choice.

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16CompMan(125 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

A fitting punishment would be 40 to 80 hours of community service at the Angle for Animals shelter.

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17maxi(74 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I can't bear to read one more comment from the friends of this"decent" man. Enough already! This IRRESPONSIBLE owner is an adult and he intentionally left a dog tied to a dumpster knowing that it could harm someone. And the unfortunate happened, the dog bit an innocent volunteer. And a dog was put down because his owner's mindless actions.
A responsible dog owner is aware of pounds and breed rescue agencies.

40-80 hours of community service??? Try quadruple that...at least.

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18northsideart(111 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Come on guys. Give the owner a break. He made a mistake. His friends are telling you that he's a good guy who had a bad turn of luck with an otherwise nice dog that he loved. Publicly humiliating another human being is not warranted in this case. I'm sure that the loss of his dog and the minor legal consequences are sufficient burden. Hopefully the Vindicator will drop this story and not make his name public knowledge.

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19maxi(74 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Northsideart:
Give the owner a break? Tell that to the innocent 70 year old volunteer who was attacked and knocked to the ground.

If this were you or your family member you might feel differently.

And let's not forget the dog. The dog didn't do anything wrong. The owner did everything wrong. And now that dog is dead.

And by the way, the owner's name IS public knowledge but his name doesn't matter to me.

What matters to me is responsible dog owners. If this owner were responsible, this would not have happened.

And you say this was a dog that he loved? Sorry, that's an odd way of showing it.

May this man never ever own another dog!

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