Frozen Dog Animal Cruelty
December 09, 2005 - A horrifying case of animal cruelty in Toledo. A central Toledo man is facing charges tonight after his dog literally froze to death. The owner told investigators the dog was fine when he left it tied up outside in single digit temperatures Tuesday afternoon but when he came back four hours later it was dead.
After an anonymous tip, cruelty investigators found the dog frozen solid and chained to a pole in the owner's Vance Street backyard late yesterday. The dog's owner has been charged with animal cruelty a second degree misdemeanor. This means the owner could face a $750 fine and up to ninety days in prison. But some say Ohio's animal cruelty laws don't have much bite and many owners get nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
An autopsy was done on the dog and according to the Humane Society vet it was well fed and in good health. Exposure to the cold was the cause of death.