Washington C.H. Man Pleaded Not Guilty in Dog Starvation Case

(Washington C.H.) -- The Fayette Regional Humane Society reports that 43-year-old Jamie Jones of Washington C.H. pleaded not guilty to two counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals, in Washington C.H. Municipal Court Wednesday.

Previously, Humane Agents recently responded to a concern about an underweight dog at a Fayette County home, where an emaciated pit bull mix was confined by a log chain to a dog house without food or water.

The five-year-old dog named Marcus, was surrendered by the owner and transported to the Humane Society clinic to be examined by Executive Director Dr. Lee Schrader. According to FRHS, Marcus was severely emaciated, weighing only 43 pounds with multiple open sores on his back and pressure sores on his hind area.

Jones told humane agents that he lost his wallet and couldn’t afford to feed the dog, and fed the dog only every three or four days.

“There is never an excuse to let an animal get into this type of condition” said Nick Marando, humane agent

The veterinary report stated that there were multiple dermal ulcers over boney prominences as well as on his (Marcus’) ears. Unfortunately Marcus passed away later that night.

"He was very thin and weak.” said Dr. Schrader, executive director "Despite our best efforts, he passed away."

Marcus' body was transported to the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center for a forensic necropsy (autopsy) to determine the cause of death. A special test was also sent to Perdue University. A post-mortem examination showed that he died due to a mesenteric volvulus, a twisting of the intestinal tract that is nearly universally fatal.

“Although Marcus was weak and in pain, he still laid his head in all of our laps to be petted and loved.” said Brad Adams, Chief Humane Agent “We wish Marcus was still with us. He was such a sweet loving dog and would’ve brought a lot of joy to a family.”

It has cost FRHS nearly $790 for medical testing and forensic necropsy. FRHS has received $350 of those expenses through donations on social media. If anyone would like to make a donation to help, please visit their website at www.fayettehumanesociety and click on Donate Now, or mail contribution to the Fayette Regional Humane Society at 153 S. Main St., Ste. 3, Washington C.H., OH 43160.

The Fayette Regional Humane Society is a non-profit (501(c)(3), volunteer organization. They receive less than 2% of their support from governmental organizations and therefore must rely on donations, grants and fundraising to carry out their mission. The Humane Society is the only organization in Fayette County able to respond to calls about abused, neglected and injured domestic animals, 24 hours per day, seven days per week. To learn more about the Fayette Regional Humane Society, please visit their website at www.fayettehumanesociety.com

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