Doogie the Chained Dog – Sentence Handed Down

Posted on September 15, 2006


(2/29/08) Tammy Grimes was convicted of theft and receiving stolen property on December 14, 2007, and sentenced on February 22, 2008.  Details, along with previously unreleased photos of Doogie and updates are available at the Dogs Deserve Better website.

12/17/2007 Press Release from Dogs Deserve Better (PDF)


No charges were ever filed against the Arnolds.

(East Freedom, Pennsylvania) On September 11, 2006, Tammy Grimes, founder of Dogs Deserve Better,
was arrested and charged with theft, receiving stolen property,
criminal mischief and criminal trespass, for removing a dying, chained
dog from an East Pennsylvania property.

The dog, named Jake, hadn’t gotten up for two days and after a
neighbor had repeatedly tried reporting it to the local humane society,
she called Dogs Deserve Better and was advised to again call the humane
society. Around that same time another passerby called the organization
and Grimes decided to respond.

Jake appeared dead when first approached, but when he started
responding, Grimes knew she had to try to help him. She wrote in an
email, “I could never look myself in the eye again, much less sleep at
night, had I left Jake there dying, shivering in the dirt.”

Jake’s owners, Steve and Lori Arnold, were not at home, so
Grimes took him to a veterinarian. A humane officer happened to be
leaving the clinic at the time and was reportedly “not happy” that the
dog had been taken. Grimes offered to take the dog back to the property
but the officer, Paul Gotshall, told her to get Jake the veterinary
care he needed. When Grimes later tried to contact Gotshall, her calls
were unreturned. Although it is not known why Jake wasn’t left with the
veterinarian, Grimes took Jake to her home and soon afterwards a police
officer called and told her to return Jake to the Arnolds. She refused
and told the officer about the alleged neglect and that the
veterinarian had documented a general negligent condition, including
sores, low body weight and an undetermined mass near one hip, in
addition to severe back pain.

That evening, Grimes was arrested, charged, and released on
$50,000 bond and ordered to appear at a preliminary hearing on
September 21, 2006.
While with his foster caregiver, at an undisclosed location, Doogie’s improving health was documented by video. He remained with this caregiver until his death on March 1, 2007.

Animal cruelty charges were never filed against Jake’s owners. ALDF wrote  to the chief of police, humane society and prosecutor to urge that a thorough investigation be performed and to look into possible neglect of other animals and children in the home.

Please check the Dogs Deserve Better website for information on further actions you can take on behalf of Doogie and chained dogs everywhere.

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