Local physician accused of hitting dog with hammer and shooting it

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In West Harrison, Indiana, a physician from Fairfield, Ohio has been accused of hitting his dog in the head with a hammer and then shooting it. Joseph J. Stubbers III has been charged with felony animal cruelty.

According to the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office, a neighbor notified authorities on Saturday to report Stubbers had been cleaning his garage with bleach after hitting his dog in the head with a hammer. Another neighbor stated the dog had also been shot.

The dog, Cooper, a five-year-old English Mastiff, was found surrounded in blood with one mutilated eye. Deputies recovered two rounds from a gun; one bullet had hair on it, and a hose and bleach sitting on top of a trash can.

Stubbers stated Cooper had attacked him and had “latched” onto his arm. Police did not find any injuries on Stubbers.

Cooper is being treated by a veterinarian and is under the care of the Dearborn County Animal Control. The defendant was released from jail after posting a $1,000 bond.

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3 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    Disgusting behavior towards a defenseless dog……. Mastiffs are very nice dogs. NO animal deserves this cruelty……
    I am glad the dog survived and is getting treated (& hopefully rehomed into a loving furever home ASAP where he will be treated as a beloved family member)!!!
    I hope this POS loses his medical license…… I certainly would NOT want him as my Dr……. I hope he enjoys burning in Hell forever for his cruelty…….

  2. Larry says:

    $1000.00 bond??? This SOB should be required to pay a reasonable amount (say $25,000 at a minimum) or stay behind bars indefinitely. A $100 bond is merely a slap on the wrist and an insult to decent people everywhere. When will legislators begin to take animal cruelty seriously and pass legislation to impose punishments that actually fit the crime??? In addition, he should lose his medical license, permanently. No animal lover should ever use him as a physician. Put him out of business and run him out of town or out of the state. He has demonstrated that he is dangerous to all living creatures.


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