A man in Butler County, Ohio, has been charged for brutally beating his neighbor’s young German shepherd with a baseball bat. The dog, just a year of age, suffered severe injuries and brain swelling after his skull was fractured in multiple places – he had to be humanely euthanized as a result.
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office issued a release about the horrific incident:
Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Dog Wardens were investigating an incident in Madison Township involving a German Shepherd that was beaten with a baseball bat while running loose in the neighbor’s yard. Upon arrival, the canine was found on the neighbor’s property, bleeding and not moving. The canine was taken to an emergency vet by the owner, where it was humanely euthanized due to its condition and injuries.
The man charged is identified as Charles Miller of Madison Township; he is facing a charge of cruelty to a companion animal. Sheriff Jones states, “I don’t know how a person could beat an dog with a baseball bat and think it’s okay, this is intolerable.”
The dog’s owners have turned to social media about the death of their dog, Ruger. They have stated that their dog was the “sweetest dog in the world.” They have also stated that the man who attacked their dog did so because one of his free roaming chickens had entered their yard.
A fundraiser for veterinary costs and the dog’s cremation can be found here.
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