Chained dog dies in cold
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The Carroll County Sheriff's office responded to a call from the Humane Society of the Ozarks in Fayetteville on Jan. 13 regarding a call reporting two dogs that had been left chained in a yard in Holiday Island. One of the dogs, a Pit Bull, froze to death. According to the CCSO incident report, the Fayetteville shelter was called by a resident at the address who had returned home after being away overnight and discovered one of the dogs unresponsive.
The report states the dogs belonged to the resident's boyfriend, who left them with her on the morning of Jan. 11. A male dog was free to crawl under the residence and was able to be revived. However, the female allegedly was chained to keep her from following her owner as he left, and was unable to reach any shelter as the thermometer dipped to sub-zero temperatures.
Good Shepherd Humane Society Director, Marty Falkenstien, was in turn called by Carmen Nelson of the Fayetteville shelter and met with CCSO Deputy Juan Cribbs and Nelson at the address. Nelson requested the Sheriff's Office charge the dogs' owner with animal cruelty.
The surviving dog has been removed from the property. "I hope this sad and preventable death can serve some good by impressing on people in Carroll County that dogs are feeling beings," said Falkenstien. "There are cheap ways to make sure an outdoor pet doesn't freeze to death. Just call and ask."