A Cincinnati area man whose dog was ordered put down after it attacked another dog tried to pull a fast one on the local SPCA.
Jason Dotson, as ordered by a court, turned over a pit bull mix for euthanization alright — but it was not the one court ordered to be put down.
Instead it was one he adopted just days earlier.
Dotson, 32, of Springfield Township, was sentenced to 28 days in jail for trying to get the SPCA to euthanize the decoy dog.
“In my 10 years as a judge, I can’t recall a more cold and heartless act,” said Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Brad Greenberg.
According to FOX 19, Dotson’s original dog was not on a leash when it attacked a therapy dog and its owner as they were walking.
Police say the pit bull caused severe injuries to the therapy dog, who has been recovering for the last few months.
Dotson was charged with failing to confine his animal and he was ordered to put the dog down. But when he brought the substitute dog to the SPCA to be euthanized an “alert” worker spotted the difference in the dog’s coloring.
Through a microchip, the SPCA confirmed it was a different dog.
“Defendant brought a dog that wasn’t his dog, said it was his dog, and turned that over to the SPCA so they would destroy an innocent dog that hadn’t done anything to anybody,” said Ryan Nelson, assistant Hamilton County prosecutor.
Dotson had adopted the dog nine days earlier according to Fox 19, two days earlier according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
The original dog has since been put down, according to SPCA officials.
Baby, the pit bull puppy who Dotson tried to pass off as his other dog, remains with the SPCA and will be getting a second chance at adoption.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 21st, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
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The Ohio company says it took the action “out of an abundance of caution” after one lot of the product tested positive for salmonella, according to Consumeraffairs.com.
The recalled vitamins — sold in retail stores nationwide — come in 100-count white plastic bottles with a light blue label and have a UPC of 26851-01800. All bottles with expiration dates on or before “06/13” are included in the recall.
Consumers with pets that consumed the recalled vitamins and have symptoms should contact their veterinarians.
United Pet Group said consumers should immediately stop giving their dogs the recalled vitamins. For more information about the recall, pet owners can contact the company at 1-800-645-5154, extension 3.
Posted by John Woestendiek June 24th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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A suburban Cincinnati woman whose dog was seized by a local SPCA and listed as belonging to a locally banned breed has sued the SPCA over the dog’s subsequent death.
Officials took Paulette Evans’ bulldog to the local SPCA last summer when it escaped and a neighbor called authorities. She was charged with keeping a vicious dog and related crimes. Both Evans, 54, and her veterinarian, say the SPCA misidentified the dog’s breed.
The SPCA said the dog died of a virus, but Evans says she doubts that because her dog had been vaccinated against the virus. The SPCA denies any wrongdoing.
Her lawsuit filed in Hamilton County seeks $25,000 in damages, according to the Associated Press, which reported that a city task force is reevaluating the pit bull ban because of difficulty in identifying the breed.
The charges against Evans were dropped after her dog died.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 25th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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