A man in Ohio has been jailed because of what a judge described as a “cold and heartless act."
A “pit bull type dog” owned by Jason Dotson, of Springfield Township, almost killed a medical therapy dog in Oct. 2015, Cincinnati.com reported Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Brad Greenberg as saying in court Tuesday.
The 32-year-old was ordered to take his pet to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to have it euthanized, according to NBC affiliate WPXI. Instead, prosecutors say Dotson “brought a dog that wasn't his dog, said it was his dog, and turned that over to the SPCA so they would destroy an innocent dog that hadn't done anything to anybody."
In the Oct. 2015 incident, Dotson’s dog attacked a therapy dog being walked by its owner, who has Parkinson's disease, on a leash in its own neighborhood, according to Cincinnati.com. The incident traumatized and badly injured the animal so much that it won't be able to work as a therapy dog again.
Meanwhile, the SPCA recognized the other dog and scanned it, at which point its micro chip registered in their system, according to Cincinnati.com. The pit bull mix named Baby will get a second chance at adoption, according to WPXI.
"It's one thing, Mr. Dotson, for you to ignore a court order,” Judge Brad Greenberg said at Dotson’s sentencing, according WPXI. “It's quite another thing to try to perpetrate a fraud on this court. In my ten years as a judge, I can't recall a more cold and heartless act."
Dotson was sentenced to 30 days at the Hamilton County Justice Center without probation or work release, according to Cincinnati.com. His bond was set at $50,000. His attorney information wasn't immediately available.
Dotson's “vicious” dog has been euthanized, the SPCA told Cincinnati.com.