Man Shoots His Dog, Removes Dog’s Collar And ID Before Dumping Him In The Woods

Earlier this year, Zeus the 3-year-old German Shepherd was found bleeding profusely after being dumped in the rural wilderness in Ohio’s Stark County and Tuscarawas County border, writes ilovemydogsomuch

He was rescued by a passerby and taken to a nearby vet. Zeus had multiple gunshot wounds on his face, ear and jaw, so the Stark County Sheriff’s Office launched an animal cruelty investigation to find the culprit.

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The cops eventually discovered that Zeus was shot by his owner, 23-year-old Kevin James Fishburn. Kevin not only inflicted severe injuries on his dog, but also removed his collar and ID before leaving him to die in the woods. Kevin claimed that he shot an “aggressive” Zeus in self-defense. However, the same was proved to be untrue as Zeus was extremely gentle and affectionate with everyone he met.

Kevin was arrested on a fifth-degree felony charge of cruelty to companion animals. Based on concrete evidence and the lack of believability of Kevin’s version of events, the jury found him guilty. Judge Frank Forchione called his crime a “cowardly and inhumane act”, and sentenced him to a maximum of 12 months in prison.

While the entire community was rooting for Zeus, his adoption prospects were significantly delayed due to his ex-owner’s legal proceedings. But after 10 months of being under the custody of the dog warden division of the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, this good boy has finally found his true forever home!

After multiple ownership screenings, Zeus has been adopted by 51-year-old single mom Christina Mitchell. The sweet pooch has already settled well with his doting mama and his 11-year-old human brother, and the trio is living the best life together. While Zeus has truly been through hell, we are so relieved he has found his ultimate happy ending!

Click the video below to watch Zeus overcoming the scars of his past and embracing his precious bond with his new mom.


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