On April 22, 2019, a deputy dog warden was dispatched to the Neanover residence for a welfare check but was unable to make contact with anyone. The deputy dog warden observed the thin dog with sores on its body.
The defense argued Neanover’s privacy rights were violated when the deputy dog warden entered the yard to seize the dog without a warrant. The judge overruled that argument.
The dog, named Lou by caregivers, was cared for and hospitalized for five days at Animal Care Centers and died several days later.
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The medical staff was surprised when X-rays showed rocks in the dog’s stomach. He lived his life on a very short chain and was “deprived food for quite some time,” according to the Animal Friends Humane Society.
The case was presented to a grand jury that declined to return an indictment on felony charges.
Defense attorney Charles M. Rittgers said in June that a medical condition, not lack of food or water, killed the dog, which is likely the reason the grand jury did not return a felony indictment.
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