The dog was found with several open wounds all over his body and an ulcer on his tongue making it difficult for him to eat or drink.
We really need to be thankful that we have the ability to feed ourselves, or at least tell someone that we're hungry and we need food. Dogs, on the other hand, completely depend on us to feed them and take care of them, and in return, they smother us with unconditional love. David Neanover, a resident of Reily Township, has been sentenced after his dog died due to starvation, according to Fox 19. Reports state that the poor dog was so hungry that he ate rocks to satiate his hunger. 37-year-old Neanover was sentenced by Judge Robert Lyons on Thursday, May 7, on two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a companion animal over the incident that happened in 2019.
He received a sentence for 180 days each for two counts of animal cruelty and an additional 90 days for domestic violence. The cruel man reportedly also deprived his dog of water. According to Journal-News, Neanover was also ordered to pay $2,598.18 as compensation to the dog’s caregivers and was ordered a $1,500 fine plus court costs. He is now in Butler County Jail. During the hearing on Thursday, it was revealed that people from as far as Florida had sent in letters to have Neanover punished for the way he treated his 2-year-old Doberman pinscher called Lou.
The letter, by a writer whose name was blacked out, read, “I am asking for the full extent of the law. To let a sweet, innocent soul live in filth, no food or water, no love or kind treatment…(Neanover) even named him Lucifer when in actuality, this person should be called that. If I was a judge, these people who abuse animals would get to experience what they did to animals. Animals are just baby souls in different bodies." Judge Lyons further stated that the sentences will run consecutively, which means he will first serve his two sentences of 180 days together, a total of 360 days, and then the sentence for 90 days, making his total jail time 450 days.
In April 2019, dog wardens were sent to Neanover's home after they received complaints that Lou wasn't being given either food or water, according to Cincinnati.com. At the time, Sherrif Richard Jones said the dog was covered in open wounds and was evidently starved. The dog was then taken to the Humane Society. Upon examination, they discovered that Lou had an ulcer on his tongue which also made it difficult for him to eat or drink. “No normal human being could look at this dog and think this is acceptable. The pictures are hard to view. It’s much worse in person," said Sheriff Jones.
"Animal Friends will do everything they can to save this poor animal but the current condition is very bad. I am thankful that this was reported. I just hope he can be saved and adopted to someone who cares,” Sheriff Jones added. X-rays showed rocks in his stomach. This we did not expect, but we are not surprised. He lived his life on a VERY short-chain and was deprived of food for quite some time, so we’re sure he got to the point where he was willing to eat anything that he could get his mouth on. He is missing a chunk of his tongue, Animal Friends Humane Society posted on Facebook at the time. They shared the post on 24th April, adding that Lou is expected to make a full recovery, though he had a long road ahead of him.
However, just three days later, on April 27, Animal Friends Humane Society updated that Lou didn't make it through. This post is not an easy one, and definitely one we hoped to never have to write. Our sweet Lou fought a hard battle, but ultimately lost the fight. We are so proud of how brave and strong he was these last 5 days. This is so unfair. He deserved so much better than this. We are at a loss for words at this time, but we want to thank everyone for their support this week. We do take comfort in knowing that Lou didn’t die alone, chained up in a backyard, left to fend for himself. We will seek justice for him. We love you, Lou. RIP.