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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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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!!

5:02AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Jeremy Shane Temple, charged with animal abuse and a fine of $25.00 ... really? Four years, willful neglect.

Over a 4-year period, why didn't he simply surrender the dog, or why didn't his neighbors report what was clearly viewed on a daily basis?

Answers to these questions reflect the mass populous lack of attention/awareness, indifference/lack of involvement which allowed this continuation and repeat abuse . How callous we've become.

4:17AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

On the petition, I suggested 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.

1:09AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Please sign:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/399/752/477/urge-middletown-to-review-measly-25-fine-for-serious-animal-abuse/
Well, at this point I am the last one...

11:47PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

It is just inconceivable that an owner could leave a dog in this situation for so long- without shelter, water, any veterinary care, or care whatsoever for four years and then just have to pay a $25.00 fine! Animal neglect such as this is terrible animal cruelty! It is just another hideous form of it! This man should have been charged with felony animal cruelty and have to serve a prison sentence! It is a miracle that this dog survived such a situation and he would still be in that horrible situation if someone hadn't called the police! Nothing but more suffering until he finally died and the owner just getting a $25 fine! Our laws concerning animals need to recognize their rights not to have to suffer through such extreme neglect to the point of terrible cruelty (which this is!) and they need to be changed now so that people such as this man who is so cruel are
held accountable by being charged with harsher penalties for severe animal neglect! And as far as his response about the dog, someone should have said to him, "and what are you"? You're not even worthy of being called a human being since you are so devoid of empathy or a conscience! This guy is a piece of trash- and does that mean we just put him out exposed to the worst elements without any shelter or pity? That's what he really should get!

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