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Charges recommended in dog duct taping

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office in Washington state is recommending animal cruelty charges be filed against a Bellingham man who wrapped his puppy’s head with duct tape.

The man told authorities that he took the action because the dog had been chewing, according to the Bellingham Herald.

The sheriff’s office is sending its investigation of owner Scott Jager, 25, to the prosecutor’s office, recommending a second-degree animal cruelty charge.

Last month, the Whatcom Humane Society, along with sheriff’s deputies, responded to a complaint from a neighbor and found a 7-month-old male bloodhound named “Bear” sequestered in the laundry room of Jager’s home. The dog’s head was covered in duct tape, and he was leashed to a doorknob.

The duct tape started at the dog’s neck and covered his ears, eyes, face and muzzle, Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said. Only the dog’s nostrils were not covered.

Bear is now in the custody of the Whatcom Humane Society, where he was treated for abrasions to his head and infections to his ears and eyes. He is reported to be doing well, though he is sometimes wary of strangers.

(Photo: By Katie Greene / Bellingham Herald)


Comment from smoketoomuch
Time April 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Humm… A 7 month old puppy that chews stuff. Whoda thunk it?!
Oh right… anybody with half a brain and an ounce of common sense. Obviously this guy doesn’t qualify.

Comment from blu
Time April 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm


What the hell is wrong with people….?!!!

Comment from sisko
Time April 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I agree with smoketoomuch. A 7 mo puppy that chews. Of course they chew.

No dog for him ever, please!

Comment from Julie
Time April 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Why are people so dumb, seriously puppies and even dogs chew. I am sick of people abusing animals and not getting serious punishments. It makes me sick I wish I was president I would make damn sure any person who even thinks about hurting an animals got life in jail without the slightest chance of getting out