Jason Dotson’s dog almost killed a medical therapy dog aiding a man who has Parkinson’s disease in October 2015. The attack, which happened in Springfield Township, Ohio, was so severe the dog won’t be able to work again. Dotson’s dog was supposed to be put down by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, RawStory reported.
Instead of giving up his dog, Dotson adopted a similar-looking one from the same SPCA facility and tried to pass it off as his own, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
The plot failed when one of the technicians recognized the dog and decided to scan it for a microchip as an added precaution, at which point the ruse was discovered.
"It's one thing for you to ignore a court order, it's quite another thing to try to perpetrate a fraud on this court," said Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Brad Greenberg on Jan. 19. "And you tried to have an innocent dog killed."
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Dotson was charged with confinement of dogs after the first attack. After he tried to sacrifice the other dog to save his own, he was sentenced to 30 days at the Hamilton County Justice Center without probation or work release.
"In my 10 years as a judge I can't recall a more cold and heartless act,” Greenberg said. "If I could give you more time, legally, I would.”
Dotson apologized in court, paid his restitution in cash. His dog has since been put down.