Man Abuses Dog for 4 Years, Gets $25 Fine

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What kind of message does it send to animal abusers when, after four years of starving and physically abusing a dog, you will only face a laughable $25 fine?

Such is the case for Jeremy Temple, a Middletown, Ohio man charged with animal cruelty after leaving his dog, a German Shepherd he called “Toby,” tied to a tree for 4 years.

Animal Control officers say they found the dog tied to a tree with little food or water. After rescuing him, they found him to be drastically underweight and riddled with fleas, showing signs of years of physical abuse.

Meg Melampy, a volunteer at the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), said it was one of the worst flea infestations she’d ever seen. “When I gave him a bath, the blood just ran off of him,โ€ she explained to WCPO News.

Though neighbors had witnessed the abuse and neglect, they said Temple told them the dog had a disease, that he was sick, and claimed to be doing nothing wrong.

According to the police report, when the arresting officer asked Temple about the dog’s condition, his answer was, “the dog is not a human.โ€

Rescuers say Toby’s condition is improving and he’ll likely recover from the years of abuse he endured. They have renamed him “Joseph,” after the biblical character that was left for dead but later became a ruler.

Despite Joseph’s condition and obvious years of abuse, Temple was only charged $25 for his offenses.


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  1. I seldom comment, however i did some searching and wound up here Man
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  2. Well, maybe the dog wasn’t human, but either is Jeremy Temple. He is a sorry excuse for a living breathing “thing”. Temple should never be allowed to own an animal ever again. The neighbors and the officials are despicable also. You”re going to tell me that a dog is supposed to be “sick” for 4 years and it’s ok to leave him chained to a tree and you just believe the asshole owner? Whoever charged him only $25.00 is an asshole also. Temple should be made to pay all vet bills and ordered to pay for flea products for the rest of the dog’s life. I’m telling you, the legal system for the abuse of animals sucks in America. Time for a change and I mean now.

  3. Who is this idiot judge? I say get him out of office and find a true human being! His rat bastard owner deserve the same punishment of being tied to the same tree…He should NEVER be allowed to own any kind of pet ever again!!!

  4. To the owner of this defenseless animal, who responded to the police, “the dog is not human”; You’re not human, and need to be taken out, put out of your misery, and the misery of any human or animal who has to endure your sick, twisted ass. I hope somebody chains you up, beats you, starves you, and allows you to become infested with ticks that carry lyme disease.

  5. I think we should let them know how we feel!
    MAYOR: Larry Mulligan, Jr., Mayor At-Large, (513) 258-7284
    Daniel Picard, Vice-Mayor, (513) 423-4063
    Ann Mort, (513) 425-7831
    Joshua Laubach, (513) 425-7831
    Joe Mulligan, (513) 425-7831
    Anita Scott Jones, (513) 259-4203

  6. I knew a FedEx driver who had seen a dog being neglected for awhile,tied up out back 24/7,little food/water….this person came back at a time when the owner wasn’t there and took the dog and kept it.I’ve done similar things myself…sometimes we have to stop turning the other way and take matters into our own hands…if you wait for Law Enforcement to do anything…most times it doesn’t happen.When it comes to animals and children,I do what I have to do…I’ll face the consequences(if there are any)later!!!!This “man” who owned this dog is nothing but a coward to neglect and abuse an animal!!!

  7. I forgot this-at the very least he should have to pay for this poor animal’s vetting, etc until he is healthy and deemed adoptable.

  8. What needs to be done now is making sure this info get’s to Ohio’s State House and the reps. There also should be a writing campaign to the judge. I know there can be stiffer fines levied. We have here where I live.

  9. I read the headline and thought he must be from Ohio….sorry to say I was right. We need to work on these laws in Ohio.

  10. Maybe Doggington Post should GO TO MIDDLETOWN OHIO and witness the puppy mills that those ‘God Fearing Amish’ have.. do a report on them, and get them shut down!

    • Exactly, and then go to Holmes County, Coshocton County, Tuscarawas County etc, wherever the Amish live. My friend and I are always having dogs show up that are petrified of men and especially men in beards. They are taking the older dogs and dumping them. In the last year she had a Westie and rattie show up. We keep them and give them forever homes.