Police in Ohio found the two-year-old Doberman pinscher – who went by the name Lou – with severe open wounds when they responded to a request for a welfare check after nobody inside the home was contactable in April 2019.
It was clear the puppy had been deprived of food and water by owner David Neanover, 36. The dog was taken to the Animal Friends Humane Society Shelter which discovered he had ulcers on his tongue, part of which was missing, making it difficult for him to eat.
The dog was at least 20 pounds underweight and his ribcage appeared through its skin. He had a staph infection and the shelter said in a Facebook post that the dog had been ‘deprived food for quite some time’ and lived on a short chain.
Images of the pet showed horrific injuries and X-rays revealed Lou had rocks in his digestive system.
‘No normal human being could look at this dog and think this is acceptable,’ Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said at the time.
The dog was treated for five days at the shelter but died soon a few days later.
Neanover was sentenced to 180 days in jail on Thursday for one of the cruelty counts. For the other he received 90 days in jail to be served concurrently.
Neanover was also charged with one count of domestic violence to which he pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 180 days to be served at the same time as the other sentences.