- Wind Could Ground Macy's Parade Balloons
- O.J. Simpson Denied a New Trial
- Florida GOP Leaders Call for Radel to Resign
- Conn. Couple Celebrate 81st Wedding Anniversary
- Mother of Bullied Fla. Girl Wants Tougher Laws
- Ford to Recall Escapes Again for Oil, Fuel Leaks
- Nationwide Goal for 2024 Moving toward No-Kill Animal Shelters
- Murder Charges Filed After Building Collapse
- Yale on Lockdown as Gun Report Investigated
- Police: NY deli owners stole $1M lottery ticket
- Deal Reached in Iranâs Nuclear Program
- Video game re-enacts Sandy Hook shooting, relatives outraged
- High amount of workers to seek new jobs in 2014
- Senate Vote to Honor Doolittle Raiders
- Two Deaths Prompt Baby Monitor Recall
- Kennedy Cousin Granted Bail as He Awaits New Trial
- Navy Sailor And Fiancee Married At Reno-Tahoe International Airport
- At McDonald's, a push for customization
- Jumbo Jet Stuck at Small Airport
- Execution of Serial Killer Brings Peace to Local Family
- Florida Congressman Pleads Guilty After Cocaine Arrest
- President's Approval Rate Lowest of his Presidency
- Adam Levine named People's 'sexiest man alive'
- Study: Kids are less fit than their parents were
- Gas Prices Predicted to Stay Down
- Congressman and Cincinnati Native Busted on Drug Charges
- Judge Sets George Zimmerman's Bond at $9,000
- Virginia State Senator Stabbed, Son is Killed
- New Poll: 86% Of Working Americans Plan To Online Shop During Work Hours On Cyber Monday
- George Zimmerman Arrested After Disturbance Call
- 8 People Confirmed Dead from Tornadoes
- Missouri Governor Denies Killer Clemency
- In traffic stop chaos, NM officer fires at van
- Ohio Walmart Holds Food Drive for Its Own Employees
- US Postal Service Reports 7th Year of Net Loss
- 'Batkid' Begins Fighting Crime In San Francisco
- Digital pickpockets using smartphones to steal credit cards
- Florida Sinkhole Destroys Two Homes
- Mother Questions School Grading System
- Google patenting an electronic 'throat tattoo'
- Suspect Shot Inside Children's Hospital in Wisconsin
- Policy Cancellations: Obama Will Allow Old Plans
- Mob Boss Whitey Bulger Sentenced to Life in Prison
- Sex and Booze; Colorado 'Obamacare' Ads Raising Eyebrows
- NJ man, ex-girlfriend in court over Powerball win
- Sinkhole Swallows Florida Man's Backyard
- 16-Year-Old Charged for Shooting Near School
- Immigration Reform: House Will Not Talk on Senate-Passed Bill
- Shooting Reported Near Pittsburgh High School
- 'Star Wars: Episode VII' holding open casting call
- Student sues Montana college after flunking math
- Texas Teacher Punches, Knocks Out Student
- Male vs Female Bosses
- SeaWorld challenges ban limiting interaction between whale and trainer
- McConnell promotes alternative to 'Obamacare'
- Experts Settle Dispute Over America's Tallest Building
- California town builds house for wounded GI
- Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner Rises
- PG-13 Gun Violence Rivals that of R Movies
- Why A Midweek Wedding? Because It's 11/12/13
- College students could face expulsion for using gun to fend off intruder
- Suit: NY dad criticized for denying son McDonald's
- Amazon and USPS Partner for Sunday Delivery
- Target Will Open Earlier on Thanksgiving Than Last Year
- What would Jesus brew? Churches turn to serving beer to attract members
- US adds 204,000 jobs, jobless rate up to 7.3 pct.
- Gay Rights Bill to Outlaw Workplace Discrimination
- Suicide Bombings Kill 19 at Iraq Military Base
- Bank ATM spits out $50 bills instead of $20 bills
- Critics: Some Unions Could Get Break From Fees
- Price of average CVG flight second-most expensive
- High court wrestles with prayer in government
- Russian fireball shows meteor risk may be bigger
- Blockbuster closing all of its retail stores
- Castro Victim Talks About 11 Years in Captivity
- Lay's New Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips
- Toys R Us To Open At 5 p.m. On Thanksgiving Day
- Northwestern unveils Wounded Warrior uniforms
- Police: Teens Broke into Denver School to Steal
- Suspect in NJ Mall Shooting Found Dead
- Johnson & Johnson Resolves Criminal and Civil Allegations
- Lock Down Lifted at CCSU
- 3 people in police custody after lock down at Central Connecticut State U
- Feds Urge Students to Check Loan Repayment Plans
- November means facial hair
- Obamacare: Memo reveals health care adviser warned W.H. was losing control 3 years ago
- Alligator captured in Chicago's O'Hare Airport
- Texans Coach in Stable Condition After Last Night's Collapse
- Witness to LAX Shooting Speaks Out
- Judge dresses as fairy godmother during adoption ceremony
- 14-Pound Utah Baby May Be America's Biggest For 2013
- McDonald's to sell bagged coffee next year
- Suspect in Custody in LAX Shooting
- Appeals Court Rules Against Obamacare over Contraceptives
- Report: Obama campaign considered replacing Biden with Hillary Clinton
- Drug Tunnel Uncovered
- Hot-Sauce Lawsuit Rejected
- Study examines the best time for a coffee break
- Holiday travel: Procrastinators will pay this year, expert says
- Spying Scandal: Break Ins at Yahoo and Google Data Centers
- Italian Magazine Alleges NSA Spying on Cardinals
- President Obama Defends Health Care Law
- Report: NSA Broke into Yahoo, Google Data Centers
- N.D. woman to hand out
- Sebelius Apologizes for Health Care Website
- Social Security Increase Released
- Soldier in Spiderman suit surprises daughter
- Penn State to Pay Nearly $60 Million over Sandusky Claims
- Report: White House stopped phone tapping of foreign leaders this summer
- Conrad Murray Released From Jail
- Sandy Hook Elementary Torn Down
- Demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary Begins
- Indictments of JonBenet Ramsey's Parents Released
- Gunman Who Held People Hostage in Drugstore Surrenders
- Two Shot at Naval Base in Tennessee
- Virginia woman to launch ad campaign... to find a husband
- Community Stunned by Killing of Young Teacher
- National Security Official Fired over Twitter Account
- White House Denies Spying on German Chancellor
- Repairs, scaffolding ahead for US Capitol dome
- Merkel calls Obama to complain about surveillance
- Texas dad alleges bullying in 91-0 football game
- Homicide Investigation Closes Massachusetts School District
- Warning to Pet Owners about Jerky Treats After Deaths Reported
- U.S. Drone Strikes May Constitute War Crimes
- Concealed Gun Carrier Stops Man Threatening Party with Rifle
- Three Killed in Medical Helicopter Crash in Tennessee
- Three sisters hold last-minute joint wedding so their dying mother can attend
- Father charged after 2-year-old fatally shoots herself
- 'Hero' Math Teacher Credited With Saving Lives in Sparks School Shooting
- Harley-Davidson issues voluntary recall of certain '14 motorcycles over hydraulic clutch issue
- 15 Yr-Old Davion Navar Henry Only Pleads For Family To Adopt Him At Church
- Curtis W. Croft Busted When Cops Use Google Earth To Find Pot Garden
- Republican Approval Rates Take a Hit after Shutdown
- Builders of Obama's Health Care Website Saw Red Flags
- Facebook Outage Blamed on 'Network Maintenance'
- Police: Teens beat Pa. man, 65, over parking space
- Boy Scouts remove 2 men who toppled ancient rock
- Holmes defense, prosecutors resume evidence battle
- Detroit man charged in rape, murder of girl, 5
- 'Joker' charged with driving drunk in Maine
- Obama addresses widespread health care problems
- 1 dead in triple shooting at Vegas Strip nightclub
- AP sources: 476,000 Obamacare applications filed
- Raymond becomes major hurricane as it nears Mexico
- Man pleads guilty to shooting golfer who hit home
- Feds to listen to audio in SF Bay Area rail deaths
- Escaped Fla. prisoners grilled: Who helped you?
- Study: 15 percent of US youth out of school, work
- Gay Marriage to be Allowed in New Jersey
- No Charges for Firefighter in Survivor's Death
- Ex-House speaker Tom Foley dies at 84
- New York man arrested in terrorism case
- Halloween Decor Prompts 911 Calls
- Toilet-themed restaurant set to open in California
- Wal-Mart staffer Kristopher Oswald says he was fired for trying to save woman in parking lot assault
- Big asteroid buzzes past Earth and will again in 19 years
- Man Loses Weight With Beer and Sausage Diet
- Teen found with fetus in bag at store, NYPD says
- New GPS System Can Track School Bus for Parents
- Federal Workers Back in Business
- President Urges Cooperation as Federal Workers Return to Jobs
- 'Deadliest substance known to man' discovered
- New Facebook Policy Lets Teens Share More
- Jilted bride turns wedding into party for people with disabilities
- House Worker Escorted Out After Yelling During Vote
- White House: Furloughed Workers Can Return to Work
- Government Shutdown Over
- 18-foot-long sea creature found off Calif. coast
- Senator: Deal to avoid default and open government
- Furloughed Workers Can Send Creditors a Note from Government
- GOP senator says deal in hand to avoid default
- 4 dead after boat capsizes off Florida coast
- Today is Nat'l Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
- Optimism on Ending Gov. Shutdown?
- No Deal in Government Shutdown
- Starving Dog Found Chained to a Tree
- 9 Year Old Sneaks Onto a Plane
- 6th Grade Boys Cause Hump Day Ban
- Locals Affected by Government Shutdown
Starving Dog Found Chained to a Tree
Updated: Wednesday, October 9 2013, 08:52 PM EDT
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- After what he's been through, it's amazing this pitiful German Shepard is even alive, and now the man who owns him will be headed to court.
Animal rescue volunteers and vets gave the dog a biblical name, Joseph, because it's a miracle he's still alive.
Investigators say the dog has been chained to a tree for years.
Sick and starving he was rescued Friday by police and animal advocates and now they're trying to save his life. Local 12 News reporter Rich Jaffe has this very disturbing story.
In the last three months there have been four brutal cases of animal abuse coming out of Middletown but this is the worst. In all Jaffe's years of telling stories he has never seen an animal that's been through this much abuse and is still breathing.
What you'll see here is going to upset a lot of people and it should. "Joseph" should weigh about one hundred and twenty pounds. When Middletown police and volunteers from PAWS brought him to the Westchester Veterinary Center last Friday, he barely weighed half of that.
He is so starved and sick he's literally nothing but skin and bones.
Clinic manager Mike Gigis says "I've seen some really bad dogs he's by far the worst. His hair's falling out because of malnutrition, most of his teeth are gone. His aren't gone from chewing bricks and rocks his were knocked out and the ones that are there are bad."
This sweet Shepherd's never been vaccinated. He has heartworms and a raging ear infection. Investigators say he was chained to a tree for years behind this Middletown home.
Called in to help, volunteer Meg Melampy took his chains off Friday. She says, "My first thought was how sad he looked. He just looks up like with that head hanging low and that sad face and he's tethered to a chain to that tree and there's nothing around it, no food no water no straw, blanket, nothing for this dog."
Middletown police have charged the dogs owner Jeremy Shane Temple with animal torture, chaining and having an unlicensed dog.
He's due in court on October 14th.
In the meantime the vets and volunteers will try to save the dog and eventually find him a home.
Meg Melampy says " I would really like for the community to open their eyes and see and check out their neighbors and to call when they see a situation like this, and to know there's help out there. They can call the police. They can call the Dog Warden in Butler county and they can go get help. Somebody should have called years ago on this dog."
The clinic manager says, "He's a good boy, he wants to be loved."
The advocates from PAWS, the rescue organization, are planning a demonstration in front of the Middletown Courthouse on the 14th when Jeremy Temple's case comes up for a pre-trial.
They and many other people believe we need to change state law so that abuse cases this egregious are prosecuted as felonies. Local 12 will let you know what happens in court.
At this point, the medical bills for "Joseph" have added up to around 1,200 dollars. Just the heartworm treatment alone could go as high as 2,500.
PAWS is a tax exempt charitable organization and if you'd like to help or find out more about PAWS click here.