BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said the person who reported finding the severely injured dog was the actual owner of the canine.
According to Jones, the owner took the dog, Dani, to Twin Maple Veterinarian Clinic and concocted a story to get her help for free.
The owner initially stated Dani was discovered on the side of the road in the 5000 block of Trenton Franklin Road on Aug. 17.
At first Jones believed the dog had her muzzle duct taped shut and her throat cut, but the owner said that was not true.
The owner told detectives she had cut her throat on a barbed wire fence and they could not afford the veterinarian bills. They also said she did not have her muzzle taped shut but they did keep her muzzled for several hours a day due to chewing up items in their residence and being aggressive towards their other dog.
“She doesn’t chew anything up. She hasn’t gone after any of the dogs. She hasn’t gone after any of the cats. She’s been wonderful," Dani’s foster Alice Anderson said.
Jones said their detectives followed up with Twin Maple Veterinarian Clinic and it was determined the neck injury was not intentional and the duct tape was a story made up to get Dani free care.
“After the investigation was completed it was determined that this incident did not occur in Butler County, but we will make a joint effort to work with the adjacent jurisdiction to ensure this case is dealt with properly,” he said.
HART said a woman adopted Dani from them in 2011.
“We know the current supposed owner is not who we adopted the dog to initially," Katie Goodpaster with HART said.
HART rescuers said they’re searching for answers and fighting to ensure the person responsible for Dani’s pain faces charges.
“Tears have been shed. We’ve been angry. We’ve been upset. We felt like puking... it’s just a whole range of emotions,” Goodpaster said. “We are absolutely pushing for charges.”
HART says they’re always willing to take back dogs that they adopted out. They also say if you’re struggling to pay for a pet’s care there are options out there and encourage you to ask for help.
Jones says they have received several donation offers and calls from people asking how they can help Dani.
Jones says HART has paid her vet bills as well as her aftercare.
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