Emaciated dog found in Butler County dies, owner charged with animal cruelty

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BUTLER COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — A man in Butler County is facing animal cruelty charges after a dog died after it was found starving with wounds on its body.  

According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, dog wardens were called to the 6100 block of Main Street of Reiley Township after receiving an anonymous tip about an emaciated dog.  

When dog wardens arrived on scene, they found a dog with no food or water and covered in severe open wounds.  

The dog, named Lucifer, was taken to an area vet clinic. Staff at the Animal Friends Humane Society decided to refer to the dog as ‘Lou.’

The humane society said Lou lived his life on a very short chain and was deprived food for quite some time. 

As time went on, Lou’s breathing became labored and he began showing signs of neurological issues. All those issued were likely related to a fungal infection identified as Blastomycosis.

Lou died Friday, five days after he was rescued.

Deputies charged David  Neanover, 36, with animal cruelty to a companion animal.  

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