Man Who Duct Taped and Dumped Sick Dog in Jail… Finally.
By: N Gilbert
Meet Shane Morehouse, 52, of Fort Edward, NY. He’s one of two men who were accused of duct taping then dumping a big shaggy dog along a rural road in Argyle, NY in Feb. of 2012. The other was Louis M. Hart, 43, of Hudson Fall, NY. When found, the dog had both legs duct taped together, was seriously underweight and had a serious wound on it’s neck from wearing a too tight collar.
“It was just laying there,” a Trooper said. The dog’s back legs had been taped together, as had the front legs, and it had been able to work free of duct tape that had been put around its mouth. It also had a nasty wound to its neck, police said.
Jason Rozelle, one of the town workers who helped the dog, said it ate grass along the side of the road after it was freed and was drinking water from a ditch.
After some investigation it was found that the dog, Chubby, belonged to Hart. Hart decided rather than pay for the medical care that Chubby, a ten-year-old Malamute-mix, needed due to wearing a heavy chain and too small collar, he’d dump the dog. So he and his buddy, Morehouse planned to do just that.
Sadly, just days after being rescued and saved, poor Chubby’s life came to an end after it was found that he also had advanced cancer. A sad end to what was a sad and neglected life on a chain, outside year around, tossed scraps to eat.
At the time, both men were originally charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, but a Washington grand jury upgraded the charges to felony animal cruelty along with the misdemeanor charges.
Eventually both Morehouse and Hart were sentenced to 30 days in Washington County Jail and put on probation for 3 years.
So much for justice, eh?
Well, looks like Morehouse is finally in jail for some “real” time, where he belonged all along but not because the judge realized his error and changed his mind.
According to PostStar:
"Shane A. Morehouse, 52, intentionally violated probation because he would rather serve a jail term than spend 3 years on probation, officials said.
Morehouse was one of two men who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty earlier this year in connection with the abandonment of a mixed breed named Chubby in Argyle last winter.
Co-defendant Louis M. Hart, 43, of Hudson Falls owned the dog, and police found that he did not want to pay medical bills for it so they hatched a plot to leave it in a rural area.
The dog was found by an Argyle town highway crew, but had to be euthanized because it was found to have advanced cancer.
Both men were sentenced to 30 days in Washington County Jail and put on probation for 3 years.
Within weeks of being sentenced though, Morehouse asked to be sentenced to jail instead of probation because he did not like his probation officer.
Washington County Judge Kelly McKeighan did not grant the Sept. 14 request though, because Morehouse had not actually violated his probation at that point.
He refused to report to probation as directed in recent weeks, which resulted in the Washington County Probation Department filing a probation violation charge.
Morehouse pleaded guilty to that charge Friday, and was sentenced to 9 months in jail, according to the Washington County District Attorney's Office. That is short of the maximum one-year jail term he could have received.
Hart is reporting to probation and has not been accused of violating it."
It is by no doubt that this poor dear dog suffered every moment he was tortured. Harsher sentences NEED to be put upon these abusers or this will NEVER end!
RIP Chubby! ♥