Emaciated dog found in Butler County dies, owner has been charged

The dog found last week with no food or water and covered in severe open wounds and obviously starving has died, according to the Animal Friends Humane Society’s Facebook page.

“Our sweet Lou fought a hard battle, but ultimately lost the fight. We are so proud of how brave and strong he was these last five days. This is so unfair. He deserved so much better than this. We are at a loss for words at this time, but we want to thank everyone for their support this week. We do take comfort in knowing that Lou didn’t die alone, chained up in a backyard, left to fend for himself. We will seek justice for him. We love you, Lou. RIP,” the humane society’s post read.

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David Neanover, 36, of Reily Twp., was charged with cruelty to a companion animal after anonymous complaints came in about an emaciated dog, said Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones.

Neanover is scheduled to appear Thursday in Area I Court on the first-degree misdemeanor charges, according to Kurt Merbs, county dog warden supervisor. The prosecutor also will be contacted to possibly increase the charge to a felony now that the dog has died, he said.

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Butler County Sheriff’s Office dog wardens responded to 6165 Main St. and found the dog, the sheriff said.

The dog was cared for and hospitalized for five days at Animal Care Centers. The dog, named Lucifer, was call Lou by those who tried to save him.

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,” the post read.

Anyone who knows of an animal in Butler County that’s being neglected or abused can make an anonymous report by texting ‘COPS’ and your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

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