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Stray dog to get new home

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- A stray dog found tied to a fence in Middletown has a much better future now than he did Monday.

This dog's bark is worse than his bite.  In fact, he doesn't bite at all, at least not now.  A call came in to police Monday that a dog was tied to a fence and was hanging.  The reality, police say, was not that bad.  The stray, had been tied to the fence in a housing project on South Sutphin Road but was not choking.

Lt. Jim Cunningham of Middletown Police said, "No, according to our investigation there was no damage to the dog's throat. It had only been there just a few minutes according to the complaint."
Still, the dog, now called Bear, was taken by an animal rescue group called Joseph's Legacy.  Joseph was another dog.  One of the volunteers says she was out trying to pick up another stray a few weeks ago and actually saw this same dog nearby.  Now, she's temporarily taking care of the 6-9 month old shepherd-pit bull mix.

Molly White, Bear's foster caretaker, said, "He was very skittish at first. He would not trust anybody. He's been a stray for awhile."

But Bear is getting to trust people, calming down, and in a few weeks should have a permanent home.  No more being tied to a fence.

White continued, "They're living breathing beings which experience pain and need companionship like us and people should take care of them because they're helpless."

The original call to police said there were a couple of young teenagers seen near the dog, but they were not found.  Lieutenant Cunningham says there was no evidence of a crime

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