In Middletown, Connecticut, the owner of a 16-year-old dog was arrested on Thursday after an animal control officer found the arthritic dog lying outdoors in the mud on a cold, rainy day.
According to the Hartford Courant, Gregory Swift, 44, was cited for animal cruelty after an officer found the dog tied in his backyard on Prospect Street “ill and unable to move” even after having been advised not to leave the dog unattended and tethered outdoors. Animal Control Office Daun Kowalski found the dog “laying in the mud, drenched and cold.” When she confronted Swift, he told her he didn’t allow his dog Sassy in the house because she was incontinent.
The veterinarian who examined Sassy stated it was animal cruelty to leave an old arthritic dog tethered outdoors in the rain. The temperature on the day Sassy was discovered had dipped to 38 degrees.
Swift was cited for misdemeanor summons for animal cruelty and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 7.
Who would leave their 16-year-old dog outdoors in the cold? How many dog owners would have loved the opportunity for their dogs to have lived such a long life? Having a dog is a lifelong commitment.
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