Owner arrested for allowing his paralyzed dog to suffer in ‘extreme pain’

In Olympia, Washington, a Thurston County man was arrested on Tuesday and faces animal cruelty charges after authorities found his paralyzed dog that had been hit by a vehicle in January resulting in a broken back, covered in fleas and left to live outside in “extreme pain.”

According to Q13News, on Friday, Animal Control arrived at a home located in the 11500 block of Nisqually Loop SE, following a narcotics search warrant. A dog named Spaz, who was unable to walk, dragged herself under a trailer in an attempt not to be rescued by officers. Thurston County Animal Control Officer Erika Johnson told the heartbreaking details about Spaz:

“This dog suffered for an extremely long period of time. Lots of people knew she was suffering. Nobody did anything to help her. It’s been some of the longest times I’ve seen a dog in such severe condition and in such pain. She was forced to live outside under an RV, and that’s where she was apparently sleeping on an old dirty blanket.”

Spaz’s hind feet had been wrapped in a urine soaked bandage and covered with a filthy gym sock. During the time she lived outside, her foot and ankle had been bandaged, no one ever checked, and by the time she was rushed to a vet by Officer Johnson, her foot and ankle bones were exposed. In addition her toes had worn away because she had to drag herself across the ground; Spaz was paralyzed from the waist down, had no control over her bowels or bladder, yet her owner said he could not humanely euthanize her after she was hit on January 15, so took her home instead to suffer.

The dog’s owner has not been named yet, but has been charged with first degree animal cruelty and several drug related charges. His bail has been set at $160,000.

Spaz’s condition was so serious, it was determined humane euthanasia was the only solution. Rest in peace sweet dog.

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(Photo of Spaz screenshot via Q13News)


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16 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    Rest in peace Spaz, I’m so sorry your human let you suffer like this. As heartbreaking as it is, when our pets are suffering you need to get them help and if it means euthanizing them, then so be it! I guess the “narcotics search warrant” pretty much says what kind of owners these were!

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  2. Nancy Raymond says:

    Name this piece of shit owner – they left this poor dog to suffer horribly and need to be held responsible for their cruelty – I hope they cannot raise the bail and this hunk of maggot puke owner gets victimized in jail by ever predatory inmate, daily all day long and in every way possible – become the cell block’s bitch.

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  3. Adrienne says:

    This happened in January and just euthanized now and owner arrested? That poor dog, left to suffer like that and no one called authorities? Possibly something could have been done in January to help this dog. What cruelty and witnesses are just as to blame as the so called owner. Call authorities if you see any animal abuse of any kind and let them deal with it. At least you reported it and probably something would get done to save the animal. What type of people live in this country who can see an animal in pain and do nothing?

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    • Barbara Cordon says:

      I agree with you adreinne. If lots of people knew about it as stated in the report, then why didnt they report it. They are just as much a scumbag as the owners. I am disguested with the owner but i am more disgusted with the people who saw this dog and did nothing!

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  4. JOSEPHINE FRAZIER says:

    FIRST OF ALL, THE REASON WHY SHE DID NOT WANT TO BE RESCUED BY THR OFFICERS IS EXACTLY THE OUTCOME OF EUTHANIZIA! SHE WAS HOPING VERY MUCH THAT A COMPASSIONATE HUMAN BEING WOULD HELP HER HEAL AND RECOVER, BUT INSTEAD HE IS KILLED AS USUAL THE SAME SYSTEM AS THEY DO…THIS WAS THE REASON WHY SHE DID NOT WANT TO BE RESCUED GO FIGURE! AS FAR AS THE OWNER GOES, I HOPE AND PRAY HE BECOMES PARALYZED SOMEDAYS, MAYBE GETS INTO A CAR WRECKED AND LEFT TO DIE WITH FECES AND URINE ALL OVER HIS ASS BEFORE HIS DEATH WITH NO HUMAN TO HELP HIM FOR HIM TO RECEIVE THE PERFECT KARMA HE/SHE DESERVES! IT IS SO VERY UNFORTUNATE THE ANIMALS HAVE TO SUFFER ENOUGH, AND WHEN THEY ARE FOUND THEY ARE KILLED. THIS IS WHAT EUTHANIZIA MEANS… TO KILL!

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  5. sherry D. hadley says:

    Tears falling for this horribly wronged, neglected dog, Spaz. Rest easy now. You deserved so much better than this life gave you, but you mattered, babe. Prayers for you in heaven…ROT IN HELL to the maggot owner that left her filthy, in extreme pain to suffer for months and months. Karma is coming. TICK TOCK bitch!

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  6. Red says:

    The useless excuse of a human needs to be fined a MINIMUM of $100,000 and locked away for a minimum of 10 years. There needs to be a national registry his name will go on that is in EVERY pet store, breeder facility, shelter so that he may NEVER have another pet or live in the same home as a pet. If he had money for drugs….. he could have helped this precious soul and kept him from suffering for 9 months! MONSTER…… SCUM….. hey karma……………GET HIM!

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  7. Nadya Wall-Rossi says:

    Don’t you just love the way that these perpetrators are protected? Why haven’t their names addresses and photos been released? Without ever having seen them, I can describe them to a T. They sound like dog fighters and you know what that means.

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  8. Me' says:

    No excuse not to humanely euthanize this MF. but they won’t and he will never stand on dog abuse charges. Dope head will probably be given a pass.

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  9. pamela bolton says:

    I’m so pissed that I physically hurt inside. This poor animal suffered because a HUMAN didn’t have the balls to sign him over to someone who would, and could, help. This Cretans face, name and address and phone number should be plastered all over the news. He should be put on a National Animal Abuse Registery and banned from having ANY ANIMAL around him for the rest of his sorry, pathetic life. The pain he put this dog through doesn’t deserve ANY SYMPATHY at all. He should get the full force of the public disgust. Then you can put him in prison for 10+ years for the cruelty.

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  10. DD says:

    Rescue is not euthanize. Rescue is try to save the poor baby. Whatever it takes. Neglected then “rescued” only to be killed Poor poor baby

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