A person who told authorities they found a dog with its throat cut and mouth taped shut last weekend is the dog’s owner, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.
Detectives and the Butler County Dog Wardens determined the person that initially reported finding the dog named Dani along Trenton-Franklin Road was actually her owner.
“Upon interviewing the owner it was relayed to our detectives that the canine had cut its throat on a barbed wire fence and they could not afford the veterinarian bills, so they concocted a story to get the canine help for free,” the sheriff’s office announced in a news release.
The owner took the dog to Twin Maple Veterinarian Clinic in West Carrollton last week, and HART Rescue of Cincinnati paid for Dani’s veterinarian bills and her aftercare, according to the sheriff’s office.
The investigation found that the injury to the throat was unintentional, and the mouth appeared to be injured because the owner kept the dog muzzled for several hours a day “due to it chewing up items in their residence and being aggressive towards their other canine.”
Authorities said the incident did not occur in Butler County.
“We will make a joint effort to work with the adjacent jurisdiction to ensure this case is dealt with appropriately,” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said in a release.