BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Two boxers were taken from a home on Western Reserve Road in Berlin Township Thursday after police were called to the house about the animals.
When officers arrived, one of the dogs was in the street. Deputy Dog Warden Dave Nelson said he heard choking noises coming from the backyard and that’s where he found the other dog.
“Both chains were across or tethering across and tied around the dog’s throat,” Nelson said. “I held him to try to get a knife to get them cut off of them.”
Nelson said he believes the dog was literally strangling itself and may have only been minutes from dying.
“I could see his eyes were extremely bloodshot. That puppy had actually passed out in the back of the van,” Nelson said.
The dogs were taken to the Mahoning County Dog Pound where workers there immediately recognized they were malnourished.
“The veterinarian examined the dog. He actually determined the age to be close to eleven months old and that his development had been stunted due to lack of nutrition and food,” said Rich Tunison, dog warden and kennel manager.
The dog that was tethered was extremely thin with his hip joints and spine clearly visible. There was also swelling on its throat where it had been tied.
Animal cruelty charges are pending against the owner.