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Man fined $25 For Keeping Dog Chained to Tree for 4 Years

Man fined $25 For Keeping Dog Chained to Tree for 4 Years

For thousands of years, dogs have served as nature’s most loyal ambassadors to mankind — proving that our noblest qualities of camaraderie and affection aren’t ours alone, and that the wild creatures around us likely have a sense of being not so unlike our own.

Sadly, dogs’ proximity to us also means they’re among the first to experience the cruelties humans seem uniquely capable of.

Police in Middletown, Pennsylvania recently rescued an emaciated German shepherd from a heartbreakingly bleak situation. For the last four years, the animal had been chained to a tree, abused, left to bear the elements, and be devoured by fleas — and perhaps worst of all, denied the love of a companion.

The dog, which officers named Joseph, was transferred to a veterinary clinic where staff was shocked at the level of suffering the dog had experienced from willful neglect.

“There’s no excuse for this. None,” clinic manager Michael Gigis said. “I mean, you can see, this is the worst case of abuse I’ve seen here.”

WCPO-TV reports that the dog’s owner, Jeremy Shane Temple, was charged with animal abuse and fined just $25.

According to the police report, Temple responded to abuse accusations by stating “the dog is not a human.”

It’s probably not surprising that Joseph’s (thankfully now former) owner denies any wrongdoing, but an empathy deficit towards other living things is reflected every day in cases of animal abuse, both in our homes and in the wild — and in the lack of ‘seriousness’ such paltry punishments suggest these crimes are deserving of.

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By Stephen Messenger, from Treehugger

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3:49AM PDT on Jul 9, 2015

My heart breaks for this poor dog. Makes you wonder why some people get dogs. But at least he was rescued; better late than never. I'm giving my foster dog an extra cuddle tonight.

6:41AM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

$25.00 for 4 years? Outrageous!

6:37AM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

UGH - I really hate hearing these stories...ones where animals suffer for YEARS and all the stupid "owner" gets is a small fine and a little slap on the wrist!!!!!! Dogs may not be human, but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't be taken care of by their people. Dogs or cats are almost like babies....they are your life time commitment and rely on you to take care of them. If you don't want to take care of another being don't get a pet (or have a baby for that matter) - this is such simple logic, but it seems that it's not just from the horror stories I read daily.

6:27AM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

disgusting lack of fine but thanks for sharing

9:08PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

should be $25 times every day the dog was chained about 1460 days x $25.

9:01PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Some people's capacity to inflict mental and physical harm on other creatures is mind-numbingly horrific.

1:30AM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

A clear case of Ineffective justice ...... worse than that are the neighbours who knew about this ill-treatment for 4 years and never reported this dreadful man.

12:12PM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Are you kidding me?? Seriously??? $25. fine for 4 yrs. of abuse! Review this & penalize this man as he deserves, a Much higher fine AND jail time!!!
I agree with Carole B.: "4 years in prison w/o possibility of parole, plus $10,000 fine, plus he can never own an animal again, plus asked them to city officials to create an animal abuse registry and to add owner's name. The ball is in their court."

12:16AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Someone needs to tie Jeremy Shane Temple to a tree, and let him fend for himself!

1:20PM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

How dare he looked down on his own pet stating that he's not human! He's not human himself, he's a demon!!! This dog is too good for him. This idiot should never allow to have any access to any animals or pets and be fined $8,000. to cover the vet's cost and lost time for Joseph. He also should serve 500 hours to the community and learn to be kind to other beings. His has no heart nor brain so he has so much to learn to be a human! Or else, as Jane R. suggested, do the same thing to him as he did to his loyal dog. End of problem, he's a waste on this planet!!

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