Dog Owner Pretends They Saved Injured Dog To Get Free Health Care
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The owner of a badly injured dog took her to the vet and pretended to have rescued her, just so they could get free healthcare for her.
Dani, the pet dog in question, was taken to Twin Maple Veterinarian Clinic in Ohio, US, earlier this month, to be treated for injuries to her neck.
According to Sheriff Richard Jones of the Butler County police department, Dani had her muzzle taped shut and throat cut.
The owner claimed the pooch had sustained the injuries after cutting herself on a barbed wire fence, adding that they could not afford the vet bills to have her treated.
They also denied they had ever tied her muzzle shut but said she did have one on for a few hours a day, to stop her from chewing up items in their home and from being aggressive towards other dogs.
However, these claims have since been refuted by Dani's new foster owner Alice Anderson who says she's a very placid dog.
Speaking to Fox19, Ms Anderson said: "[Dani] doesn't chew anything up. She hasn't gone after any of the dogs. She hasn't gone after any of the cats. She's been wonderful."
Following an investigation by the Butler County police department, it was concluded that the injuries to Dani's neck were not intentional and the duct tape was placed around her muzzle to get her free care.
Sheriff Jones said: "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 properly."
According to HART Animal Rescue, a woman adopted Dani from them in 2011.
Katie Goodpaster from the foundation, said: "We know the current supposed owner is not who we adopted the dog to initially."
She added that they are now working hard to get to the bottom of the bizarre case and find the person or persons responsible for Dani's injuries.
Ms Goodpaster said: "Tears have been shed. We've been angry. We've been upset. We felt like puking... it's just a whole range of emotions. We are absolutely pushing for charges."
HART says if owners are struggling to cope, they will always take back dogs that they adopted out. The group has also urged owners to seek help if they're finding it hard to manage.
Since news of her injuries broke, Sheriff Jones has said the department has received donations and calls from people asking how they can help.
Dani's vet bills have now been paid.