KALIDA — Putnam County Dog Warden Mike Schroth has filed an animal cruelty complaint with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office regarding a dog found in the corner of a barn with its rear legs tied. The dog had to be put down.
Schroth said the sheriff’s office received a report June 5 from a neighbor who reported the animal cruelty of the Brindle Pitbull mix found as a stray in a barn on Road M-10, just off of U.S. 224, east of Kalida. It is believed the dog had been loose in that area.
The dog appeared to be around 3 to 5 years old. It is unknown who owned the dog. If anyone has information on the dog, call the dog warden at 419-523-8617.
“When I found the dog, it was in the corner of the barn, and its legs were tied up with a retractable leash and it was still alive but not in the greatest of health,” Schroth said.
The dog did not have a collar or a leash and did not have a problem being petted, touched or picked up, even under the pain, Schroth said.
The dog was taken to the Ottawa Veterinary Clinic on June 5, where the retractable leash was cut off in several spots. There were maggots on the dog.
“Tendons were exposed, and there was not muscle tone to the legs anymore with the legs being swollen,” Schroth said. Both legs were swollen and infected.
The veterinarian and Schroth made the decision that the dog needed to be put down because both of the dog’s legs would need to be amputated.
“We want to save every dog if we possibly can, but unfortunately not every dog can be saved due to health issues,” Schroth said.
He encouraged those who cannot care for a dog to surrender the dog. He said it is state law to have a dog license, and people can be charged for abandoning a dog.
With the amount of pain the dog was in, there were more issues with the dog, such as dehydration, that resulted in the decision to put the dog down.
“Right now we are waiting for anyone to come forward with information as far as who did this and who the owner was,” Schroth said.