A man claimed that he found an injured dog on the side of the road with its throat slit from a barbwire fence and duct tape wrapped around its mouth. He brought it to a nearby veterinarian office and was cheered as a good Samaritan, but authorities soon discover the so-call Samaritan was actually the dog’s owner.
On August 17, the dog’s owner, who was not named by police, brought a dog named Dani to the Twin Maple Veterinarian Clinic in West Carrollton, Ohio. He brought the dog in under the guise that he found the animal injured on the side of the road.
The local media ran the story with many proclaiming the man a hero for saving the dog’s life. Once the dog was brought back to health, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones turned his sights on the animal abuser who he vowed to bring to justice, the Daily Mail reported.
Turns out, after a brief investigation, the man that people were touting as a hero was the alleged abuser. “Upon interviewing the owner, it was relayed to our detectives they could not afford the veterinarian bills, so they concocted a story to get the canine help for free.”
Yup, the owner didn’t want to have to pay for the damage he did to his own dog, so he made up a story to get free medical care for his dog.
The investigation determined Dani’s owner would keep the small dog’s mouth duck taped for hours on end every day to stop it from barking and chewing on things while he was gone, USA Today reported. He did not, however, cut the animal’s throat. His story about barbed wire causing the injury checked out.
Since the man lived in the county next to where he brought the dog, both Butler County sheriffs and Warren County sheriffs are working together to bring the man to justice.
“We will make a joint effort to work with the adjacent jurisdiction to ensure this case is dealt with appropriately,” Jones said.
Law enforcement has not stated what the man will be charged with as of yet.