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Man Jailed for Leaving Puppy Tied to Oven Door While He Left On Vacation

April 16, 1996

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) _ A man was ordered jailed and banned from owning any pet for two years because he went on a short vacation and left his 4-month-old puppy tied to the oven door.

The black and white puppy, dubbed Anna by Humane Society workers who cared for her after she was freed, has since been adopted by a family, said Paula Schall, society manager.

In addition to the two-day jail sentence imposed Monday, Christopher Decker, 27, was fined $150 for taking a four-day trip while leaving the Labrador retriever-mixed breed puppy tied up with a clothesline.

Police Officer Kennith Simpson found the dog April 3 after neighbors complained about its barking. The puppy was out of water and had become so tangled in the clothesline she could move only a foot or two, his report said.

``I tried to get the dog untangled, but the dog’s excitement of seeing me ... was so great that I ended up having to remove the collar and leave the cord tangled on the floor,″ Simpson wrote.

Decker was found guilty in municipal court of a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals. He was in jail Tuesday.

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