Owners of dog left chained to tree charged with felony cruelty

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In Tallahassee, Florida, a couple face felony animal cruelty charges for leaving their dog chained to a tree in the cold, without any shelter, food, or water. According to WctvNews,  Tina Hines, 37, and her husband David Guidi, 33, had been keeping the dog tethered in the backyard at their apartment located at Talco Hills.

An investigation began on January 3 after Animal Control received a report about a neglected dog and arrived at the property to find the extremely thin, female tan boxer tied with a plastic and metal cable sitting on top of a Styrofoam block. Hines told the officer her husband had been in the process of building a dog house for their pet. The outside temperature was recorded at 24 degrees – the first time it snowed in Tallahassee in many years.

An arrest report stated the cable around the dog’s neck was:

“… so twisted up that if the dog got off the Styrofoam block the dog would hang itself… The dog also could not lay down or move away from a sitting or standing position based on the tightness of the cable which had become embedded into the dog’s neck.”

The dog was seized and is currently in the care of the City of Tallahassee Animal Shelter where the emaciated pooch weighed only 23 pounds, was infested with fleas and worms, had a body temperature too low to read and had injuries as the result of the cable around her neck.

The dog was taken to the City of Tallahassee Animal Shelter for evaluation. Veterinarians found that the dog named Sadie was severely emaciated and dehydrated. She was also infested with fleas and hookworms, had lacerations on her neck from the cable, and a body temperature too low to get a reading.

Both Hines and Guidi insisted  Sadie had been on a feeding schedule, the pooch has gained more than five pounds in just two days after having been rescued.

(Photo of suspects who left their dog chained to a tree.)

Hines was released on her own recognizance on Wednesday. Guidi is being held on $7,500 bond.

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15 replies
    • Penny Eims says:

      Hi Penny – got a message from you about not being able to leave comments, but you have a comment here this afternoon and I see comments from you yesterday. Are you unable to see your own comments by any chance?

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  1. Pamela Garlisch says:

    The dog was on a FEEDING SCHEDULE????? What, you don’t feed at all? That’s your schedule? Hope they throw the book at them, we need a national animal abuser registry!

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    • animals#1 says:

      Sounds good to me, Helen.. Animal abusers should suffer for what they do. Eye for any eye is the only justice for animals abusers.

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  2. Marni says:

    Feeding schedule?!!! what liars!!!!!!! Had this dog been a feeding schedule they would have seen the cable was twisted and hurting her. They are monster thugs!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Nancy Raymond says:

    WHY did authorities let Tina Hines out on her own recognizance? She is just as guilty as David Guidi for the lack of any care for Sadie – exactly what sort of ‘feeding schedule’ was Sadie on? NONE is what it was. These two crackheads have proven themselves to be animal abusers and need to be treated like the trash they are. PLEASE – whoever the judge is in this case – step up and give Sadie the REAL justice she deserves. These two maggots deserve to get the same mercy they gave Sadie – NONE!

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  4. PAMELA D says:

    THESE TWO LOW LIFE SCUM OF THE BARREL NEEDS TO BE TETHERED WITH A CABLE AROUND THEIR UGLY ASS NECK TO FREEZE TO DEATH. ANIMAL ABUSERS NEED TO HAVE DONE TO THEM WHAT THEY DID TO THE ANIMAL IS A DAMN FACT AND IF THESE LAWS DON’T GET TOUGHER THIS SHIT WILL NEVER GET ANY BETTER. JUST BY LOOKING AT THESE BASTARDS I WOULD LOVE TO BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF THEM. HOPE THEY ROT SLOWLY.

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  5. Red says:

    DO NOT LET THESE TWO MONSTERS off with a swat to their hands!! Lock them up, fine them, and then put their names on a national registry so they may never own, adopt, purchase or live in the same home as a pet!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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