An Ohio woman is accused of putting an ailing dog, suffering from a variety of maladies, into a trash bag to be picked up by a Springfield City Waste crew. According to the Dayton Daily News, 53-year-old Tracy Brown bagged her boxer mix, Ledo, up after he began to smell and then left him out to be picked up by garbage collectors.
On December 5, employees at the city’s compost center opened the bag and found the sickly dog, who was still very much alive. Officer Beth Hollingsworth described the dog’s dismal condition in an affidavit, “The dog was severely emaciated and had an obvious infection in his right eye. The animal’s breathing was slow and labored, however, he was clearly alive. The dog attempted to lift his head and moved his right front leg as we approached him.”
Authorities shot the dog because he was found to be in “too much pain,” to be treated and saved. “The dog had a severely infected eye and the dog smelled of decay at the time of presentation even though it had only been deceased for just a short period of about 20 minutes,” Humane Agent Krista Hawke said in an affidavit. “This is not enough time for the decaying process to begin and smell to be present due to death. This indicates the dog’s body was in the process of decay while still alive.”
Ledo’s owner claims that she loved her dog, but acknowledged that she was aware that he was still breathing when he was placed inside of the trash bag.
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