MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN) - Animal advocates in Middletown are calling for justice after a German Shepherd is found starved and chained to a tree.
"We're just not going to stand for this anymore. There's too much abuse in this area," said Carletta Scott, PAWS Supervisor.
Armed with signs and powerful words, animal lovers from across the country surrounded Middletown's courthouse demanding change. "We've got people from Washington, DC. We've got people from Virginia that's come out."
Police and workers with the animal welfare society rescued the German Shepherd named Joseph from a backyard in Middletown.
He was emaciated and covered in fleas and ticks.
Authorities say Joseph was tied to a tree for nearly four years with barely enough food to survive.
Officers say when they questioned his owner, Jeremy Temple, he said "the dog is not a human."
Temple is charged with animal cruelty and improper chaining.
"Too often, they're getting away with it, the jails are full and they get away with it and we're just tired of that."
Ahead of Temple's court appearance, animal advocates joined by their four-legged friends asked passersby for support.
Demonstrators had strong messages for temple.
"We're not going to stop. We're not going away. We're going to be out here, every animal abuse case we will be out here."
Joseph is recovering at the West Chester Veterinary Clinic and is doing well.
His story is posted on Facebook and has more than 30,000 supporters to date.
Temple's hearing was postponed until October 28.
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