Springfield man accused of animal cruelty, failing to help injured dog


A Springfield man has been accused of failing to seek medical treatment for his 15-year-old dog after she was hit by a car and allegedly had a large, open wound.

Robert Freeze, 67, of Springfield pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Thursday to both a charge of cruelty to animals and of cruelty to companion animals.

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The Clark County Dog Warden’s office was contacted on March 7 about an injured dog in 4900 block of Penny Park. The caller told them a dog at a home there had an open bleeding wound on her backside and had never received care, according to court records.

The anonymous caller also told authorities the female dog was laying in its own feces and urine and rarely let outside, according to court documents.

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Law enforcement went to the home about 1:30 p.m. March 9 to make contact with Freeze but no one answered the door. They later called the home, Freeze answered and they asked if they could see the dog and he allegedly agreed.

That same day, authorities went back to the home and saw the dog, a 15-year-old chocolate Labrador named Brownie. She allegedly was inside a metal cage without a tray or blanket, lying on the bars with a large, open wound. The owner admitted she had been hit by a car three weeks before, according to the court records said.

The garage floor was clean, the report says, but there was evidence there has been feces and urine there.

Freeze was questioned and he allegedly admitted to letting the dog out a few times a day for about 10 minutes each without access to fresh water or exercise, according to court records. He was ordered to take the dog to a veterinarian.

Freeze later told the dog wardens that Brownie had been seen by a vet. The wardens went to the animal hospital, court records say, and confirmed the dog received a shot for pain and antibiotics for the open wound.



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