Oxford woman charged with starving dog for weeks, police say

Updated: Oct. 23, 2019 at 4:52 PM EDT
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OXFORD, Ohio (FOX19) - An Oxford woman is facing a charge of prohibitions concerning companion animals after police say they found an emaciated dog locked in a cage.

Police say the 1-year-old Rottweiler named Dollar was found in the cage in the 1800 block of Oxford Commons on Friday, Sept. 13.

Animals control officers worked with the owner, Zichang Li, over a few weeks to establish proper care taking habits, a proper feeding regiment and assisted in arranging veterinary visits.

“We were sent there by a citizen, I don’t know if it was a maintenance worker or someone that had some kind of contact with the dog, was concerned about the condition of the dog and called us to do a welfare check," Lt. Laura Fenning said.

Li told the officer she left the dog in the care of someone else during summer break. When she arrived back home, she claimed Dollar had lost some weight.

“She was told ‘this dog is thin, you need to feed the dog.’ She was supposed to come back to the vet within one month," Fenning said.

According to police, Dollar was supposed to have a follow up vet visit last week, but that did not happen.

Dollar is recovering at the veterinary hospital and is being rehabilitated.
Dollar is recovering at the veterinary hospital and is being rehabilitated.(Oxford Police Department)

The animal control officer responded back to the apartment and found Dollar emaciated, locked in his cage without food or water and was soiled in his own urine and liquid feces.

Li was then arrested and Dollar was taken to the vet.

Police say the vet found Dollar to be emaciated, had a fever and lost nearly 10 pounds from his last visit one month prior.

Dollar is being cared for at the veterinary hospital and is being rehabilitated.

“He is bathed, eating, and feeling much better now,” the Oxford Police Department said.

Li appeared in court Thursday where the court found probable cause to substantiate the misdemeanor charge.

Her bond is set at $1,500 and her next court appearance is scheduled to be a pretrial hearing Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.

Oxford police say though multiple people have asked, Dollar will not be available for adoption until after the court case is finished.

On Friday, September 13, 2019, Oxford Police Department animal control officers were sent to 1805 Oxford Commons for a...

Posted by City of Oxford, Ohio - Division of Police on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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