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Man Accused Of Hanging Dog From Tree To Keep It From Getting "Dementia"

By Chuck Sudo in News on Mar 28, 2012 2:16PM

This is not the dog that was hanged. (Photo Credit: Bill Guerriero)

Here's the latest in a string of recent unbelievable animal abuse stories to hit the area. A man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly nearly killed a dog by hanging it from a tree as a self-diagnosed treatment to prevent mental illness in the canine.

30-year-old Roxen Smith reportedly told police he decided to hang his dog from a tree by a bicycle tire because he was trying to hold off "dementia" in the dog. Police were said to have found Roxen's dog ready to give up and having trouble breathing when they were called in to stop Roxen's dementia treatment. Roxen is alleged to have told cops he was merely "working the dog out."

The dog was turned over to Animal Care and Control. The animal cruelty charge against Roxen is a misdemeanor, and he was also cited for not having the dog licensed. Someone in this story is unstable. But it sure as hell isn't the dog.