Man cited after abused dog found in Middletown

Man cited after abused dog found in Middletown
An abandoned dog found in Middletown Monday. (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Office)

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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - An abused, abandoned dog was found in Middletown Monday, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Dog warden deputies found the dog, an un-spayed female pit-terrier mix, at the corner of Lincoln and 6th Streets.

The dog, according to the sheriff’s office, was “grossly emaciated with no chip or tag found.”

“I cannot be any clearer than this. You abuse, neglect or abandon an animal and cannot be a responsible dog owner, we will hold you responsible," Sheriff Richard Jones said. “This is not going to be tolerated in Butler County."

The pup is currently being cared for at the Animal Friends Veterinarian.

Sheriff Jones says the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Dog Wardens were given information about the identity and owner of the dog on Monday.

The sheriff says Kyle Hayes, 43, of Middletown, was cited with cruelty to a companion animal - a misdemeanor.

“Mr. Hayes will be facing a judge on this charge, he’ll have his day in court,” Sheriff Jones said.

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