Owner arrested for leaving 16-year-old dog out in mud on cold, rainy day

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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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14 replies
  1. Helen says:

    Stupid idiot! Jail him and throw away the key. I hope one day when this moron is old and incontinent his family throws him out in cold because they can’t be bothered caring for him. You can buy dog diapers for urine/fecal incontinent dogs. I have used them when my mastiff had severe colitis.

  2. Theresa says:

    I like to tie a rope around his fucking neck leave him outside in the freezing cold your A fucking scumbag I hope you have a miserable life

  3. Gena says:

    Did he ever hear of potty pads? What a wad of vomit this man is. Lets tie him outside barefoot in the cold mud for a while and see how he does

  4. vicki hood says:

    Gregory Swift must have been born without a soul. To leave an innocent to suffer proves something is dead inside that man.

  5. Adrienne says:

    It doesn’t say, but hope this dog was taken away from him because he would do this again and may even kill the dog to rid himself of the responsibility.It is hard to deal with a dog with incontinence, but there are garments that you can put on the animal that solve that problem. Selfish man who doesn’t deserve this wonderful dog.

    • Darla says:

      I’m dealing with an incontinent dog now. She’s a 14 year old Lab. I would NEVER think of leaving her outside. I hope Sissy was taken from this POS.

  6. Nancy Raymond says:

    Another example of an abuser who got NO punishment for his cruelty. To treat a senior dog so callously proves this hunk of sewer sludge aka Gregory Swift should be stripped naked and tied outside so he can see and feel what he did – then stick his useless ass in jail. Another idiot judge who does not deserve their six figure salary. Sassy deserves much better.

  7. Cynthia Como says:

    Why tell this sad,sickening,heartbreaking story without saying where this poor old soul is and how it is doing…..and at least say this poor dogs name! Because his life DOES matter to all that love and respect the life of a dog! My goodness I hope this poor sweetheart was permanently removed from this despicable owner! I cringe at the thought of this senior remaining at this home….I’m thinking that this poor old guy has been euthanized but hoping upon hope he has been rehomed and given the chance to live out his remaining years with love,comfort and dignity! Hope this insensitive,heartless owner goes straight to hell at lightning speed because there are solutions available for incontinent dogs….this dogs “owner”just didn’t care about the well being of his dog to take any amount of time to look into any solutions other than tossing him into the back yard with that “out of sight out of mind” solution. SICKENING,JUST OUT RIGHT SICKENING!!!!


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