Emaciated pit bull leads to cruelty charge

On Sept 27, a Butler County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dog Warden was dispatched to 2926 Navaho St. to investigate an abandoned dog.

Deputy Dog Warden Julie Flanagan said she found Dee emaciated and in distress from lack of food and water. The dog was taken to Butler County Animal Friends Humane Society for medical care.

The dog’s owner, Bert Brashear, was eventually located following an investigation by sheriff’s detectives and issued a summons on Tuesday, according to Sgt. Todd Langmeyer.

Brashear, 38, was charged with the second-degree misdemeanor as well as failure to licence a dog, which is a minor misdemeanor. A court date in Middletown Municipal Court has not yet been set.

Brashear signed the dog over to the Butler County Animal Friends Humane Society, who is in the process of rehabilitating the dog.

“She is doing great,” said Tara Bowser, the shelter’s operations manager.

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