The events leading up to this dog's death were recounted (by a neighbor/witness) on social media:
Timeline of events for the actual day the dog was found dead.
4:45 AM on Saturday, July, 18th: The dog was seen alive tied to the tree.
10:30 AM on Saturday, July, 18th: A neighbor attempted to feed and water the dog. The dog did not respond.
6:15 PM on Saturday, July 18th: the dog was found dead, chest not rising and falling, covered in flies, and unresponsive. Montgomery County Sheriff was called and responded with two units to the scene taking the other dog that was alive. Owner STILL NOT HOME.
10:30 PM on Saturday, July 18th: a vehicle shows up the owner’s residence leaving the car running for 5 minutes, then gets back in the vehicle and leaves.
9:30 AM Sunday, July 19th: Owner still not home.
The witness reportedly stated, "Not sure what will happen with the situation. I find it incredibly sad and extremely negligent to treat animals this way. It has been in the mid-90s for several days. This dog died a slow and agonizing death waiting for its owner to take care of her. It truly isn’t that difficult to take decent care of a dog. This owner has shown they are unfit to do so."
This dog suffered horribly before dying and her owner must pay for allowing it to happen. This dog's owner must not only face charges and punishment, but the court should prohibit him/her from ever owning a pet again.
Update 12/21/2020: Court rescheduled from 12/15/2020 to 2021. The date has not been set yet.
Update 12/16/2020: Court is scheduled for 12/15/2020 PRAECIPE AND SUMMONS FOR WITNESSES/SET TRIAL
Update 8/5/2020: The dog's owner has been arrested! The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center has confirmed to AnimalVictory.org that Dana Antionette Peaco is facing multiple charges for the death of the Rottweiler, and neglect of another puppy who was seized from the home. Peaco is charged with 3 counts of animal cruelty FOR EACH DOG for violations under ORC 959.131(Prohibitions Concerning Companion Animals aka Goddard's Law) as follows:
"(B) No person shall knowingly torture, torment, needlessly mutilate or maim, cruelly beat, poison, needlessly kill, or commit an act of cruelty against a companion animal." This is a first degree misdemeanor charge carrying a max sentence of 180 days in jail w/$1,000 fine.
"(D) No person who confines or who is the custodian or caretaker of a companion animal shall negligently do any of the following:
(2) Deprive the companion animal of necessary sustenance or confine the companion animal without supplying it during the confinement with sufficient quantities of good, wholesome food and water if it can reasonably be expected that the companion animal would become sick or suffer in any other way as a result of or due to the deprivation or confinement;
(3) Impound or confine the companion animal without affording it. during the impoundment or confinement, with access to shelter from heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, or excessive direct sunlight if it can reasonably be expected that the companion animal would become sick or suffer in any other way as a result of or due to the lack of adequate shelter." Both D(2) and D(3) are second degree misdemeanor charge carrying a max sentence of 90 days in jail w/$750 fine.
Though a necropsy revealed that the Rottweiler died from Parvo, the Animal Resource Center confirms that Vandalia Municipal Court is upholding the charges because the dog was left outside in the heat, without shelter, food or water.
Update 7/30/2020: Read our letter to Animal Resource Center Robert Sexton