Butler County sheriff: Owner faked story of dog’s slit throat, duct-taped muzzle to get free vet care

A person who told veterinarians a dog was found in Madison Twp. with a duct-taped muzzle and slit throat made up the story to get free veterinary care, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

The dog named Dani instead suffered the injury to the throat on a barbed wire fence and the snout injuries because the owners put her in a muzzle to keep her from chewing things and attacking other animals, the owner said.

After investigation that included the sheriff’s detectives and deputy dog wardens, it was determined the person who initially reported finding Dani and taking her to the Twin Maple Veterinarian Clinic was the dog’s owner, who lives in Warren County.

News of the incident, alleged to have happened last Saturday, was reported on Friday.

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After interviewing the owner, it was relayed to detectives that the dog had cut its throat on a barbed wire fence, and they could not afford veterinary care so they made up a story about finding an injured dog to get her help for free, the sheriff’s office said. The owner also said the dog did not have its muzzle taped shut, as originally was claimed.

The snout that appeared to be injured was due to the owners keeping the canine muzzled for several hours a day because the dog was chewing up items in their home and being aggressive towards their other dog, the sheriff’s office said.


Detectives followed up with the Twin Maple Veterinarian Clinic, where it was determined that the neck injury to Dani was not intentional and the duct tape story was not accurate.

“After the investigation was completed it was determined that this incident did not occur in Butler County, but we will make a joint effort to work with the adjacent jurisdiction to ensure this case is dealt with appropriately,” said Sheriff Richard Jones.

The owner of the dog is a Warren County resident, so any charges would be filed in that jurisdiction.

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