Left to starve for months in backyard

Cruel! Man left dog without food in backyard for months

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In a situation that can only be described as unbelievably cruel, a man left a dog to suffer without food for months in his backyard. According to WREG News, 27-year-old Kellen Jones of Memphis, Tennessee, claims that he didn’t have enough money to care for the dog.

Rather than surrender the dog to an animal shelter – or try to rehome him – Jones opted to move away and leave his dog with no food. For three months, the dog, “Nino,” somehow beat the odds and survived. Experts believe that Nino was forced to eat feces, and possibly dead animals, to stay alive.

Now, Nino is in the care of Memphis Animal Services – the agency has been working to keep the skeletal dog alive. His owner seemed to be ignorant to the fact that abandoning a dog without food is a crime – now he’s facing a felony animal cruelty charge.

The shelter’s director, Alexis Pugh, stated:

“The owner told [the officer] he’d been away three months. He’d made no arrangements to have the dog cared for. The owner of Nino was very forthcoming with these details so perhaps he was unaware of his legal obligations.”

The shelter hopes to get Nino healthy enough to move to a foster home for continued care.

(Screenshot via WREG News)

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18 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    This piss poor excuse for a human being by the name of Kellen Jones needs a huge lesson in humanity – I bet he had enough money to feed his useless ass – forget jail time, just hogtie, gag and stuff his butt in a trash compactor – THAT should be his demise – he has no soul, is a waste of flesh and blood, get rid of him. He deserves no less.

  2. Darla says:

    OMG, the poor dog. It’s heartbreaking to think what Nino endured every minute of every day for 3 months, both physically and mentally. I hope he can make a full recovery. As for his POS owner, he needs to be starved and see how the hell he likes it.

  3. Adrienne says:

    If he wasn’t aware of his obligations (which does not make any sense) he certainly is now facing criminal charges. My god, what is wrong with people? You leave an animal alone without food or water for 3 months? What about neighbors? Did they see this dog and the condition he was in? I am more and more shocked at what we think are “normal” people and then you read articles like this. Am grateful this dog was saved and will have a brighter future without this imbecile.

  4. Patty says:

    PLEASE throw the book at this idiot !!!!!! Don’t let this slide …. He committed the crime!! He needs to be held accountable, pay with time in jail and restitution (vet bills to rehab the poor dog, plus extra money). Money to pay for any and all medical treatment associated with saving his dog, plus extra to contribute to saving another animal from another ignorant, cruel BUTT HEAD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Helen says:

    Unforgivable, a real idiot! If you don’t have enough money to feed your dog, you can either share your food (I’m sure you’re not starving), re-home the dog, surrender to a rescue, or to a non-kill shelter. I hope this heartless moron gets indicted and throw his sorry ass in jail. He should never be allowed to own another living pet. If he wants a pet, get a rock and when he’s tire of the rock, leave it the backyard. Nino, sorry your POS owner failed you.

  6. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    I say tie his ass out in the backyard for three months with no food or water and see if he can survive. I hope his ass goes to Prison!!!!

  7. Jill kurth says:

    This idiot is a true POS!!!! How can people do this to their own pets……i just cannot wrap my head around this behavior…….you deserve to be put in prison with no food. No water…no access to a bathroom or able to shower for 3 months…how do u like it now you evil bastard

  8. Kathleen Drude says:

    He didn’t know that leaving the dog with no food and water for 3 months was a crime? Really? This ignorant thing needs to be locked up some where with no food and water for 3 months! He couldn’t take care of the dog because he has no money? I bet he didn’t miss any meals! This thing must be punished for this! This poor dog has an uphill battle that he must win!

  9. Star Shelley says:

    The ass did not know of the legal obligations. Please! I am sure he was not that ignorant ! Leave animal or human without food or water? Please he deserves to be tied to a tree for three months and see what would happen to him. There must be another world where there is nothing but stupid people. Send ing prayers for the pup recovery and a caring loving home.

  10. Cynthia Como says:

    Whenever I see a dog purposely starved I immediately start to cry and then want to take a gun and kill the perpetrator! What a rotten,selfish,cruel POS!!! Being starved is one of the most excruciating,slow and torturous ways to exist and then die! If these abusers would start to be harshly punished the animal lovers out there would be relieved a bit of our outrage and heartache! This happened in Tennessee and I don’t know how good their laws are for animal cruelty but I see it’s a felony charge! Not that it even matters because even if it’s a felony the judicial system still hands down the standard slap on the wrist! I wish this abuser nothing but pain and misery in every aspect of his life! He does not deserve to breathe air! GET WELL SOON SWEET NINO I WULL BE PRAYING FOR YOU SWEET BOY

  11. Red says:

    Wasn’t aware of LEGAL OBLIGATIONS?!?!?!?!? How about MORAL, ethical and HAVING A BRAIN!?!?!? You do not just walk away from anything BREATHING for months an think it is OK. This monster is pleading ignorance and DO NOT LET HIM GET AWAY WITH IT!!!!! I can not believe any person over 5 years of age would not know an animal needs to be cared for!!!

  12. Sherry says:

    We read about the most horrific of horrific here and this picture brought me to tears. I don’t know why because we see the lowest of the low but I still am shocked by these terrible stories. Another thing that disturbs me is the people that don’t think it’s their problem, it’s just not a big concern of theirs. I just don’t get it. Animals need people like us to scream louder because they can’t . Keep screaming and keep sharing my friends. They need us!


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