“It is my understanding that while these people are not in the best health themselves, there is no excuse for the condition of this defenseless animal. If they could use a phone, they certainly could have gotten help for this dog. There is never a reason to be cruel or neglectful to a defenseless animal,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
The deputy dog warden also removed a second dog, a female Pomeranian, from the Verges’ possession. They willfully signed over custody of the dog, which also has some serious medical issues, according to Merbs. He said both dogs had spent most of their lives in cages.
This case is still under investigation by the sheriff’s office and there is a possibility of additional charges.
The Verges are scheduled to appear in Middletown Municipal Court on Jan. 19.