Dog Forced to Chew Off Own Leg to Get Free Deserves Justice

Target: James M. Sullivan, First Justice of the Plymouth County Court

Goal: Severely prosecute the owner of a seriously neglected dog who had to chew off his own leg to free himself from the tether he became entangled in.

A dog was forced to chew off part of his own leg to free himself from a tether wrapped around it because of the gross negligence and severe neglect of his owner. The male German Shepherd, named Maverick, was found by an animal control officer in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and rushed to an animal clinic for emergency treatment. Shelter workers believe he was forced to chew off his right rear foot after his tether became tightly twisted around his leg for days, if not weeks.

Moreover, Maverick’s other legs were reportedly covered in rope burns and scars. MSPCA rescue center personnel who cared for the dog called his plight one of the most egregious cases of neglect they’d ever seen. In Massachusetts, animal cruelty is punishable by up to seven years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

Sign this petition asking that the person responsible for leaving Maverick in such a critical condition is harshly punished and receives the maximum fine and prison sentence possible.


Dear Justice Sullivan,

Please ensure the man responsible for neglecting his tethered dog so severely the animal had to chew his own leg off to get free is punished to the full extent of the law. The dog, a male German Shepherd named Maverick, was forced to chew off his right rear foot after he became entangled in his tether, for what law enforcement officers believe was days, if not weeks. The dog also presented rope burns and scars on his other legs.

I urge you to ensure that Maverick’s owner is severely punished for this cruel case of gross neglect, which resulted in unimaginable suffering for an innocent animal. This man deserves to receive the maximum penalty for his actions, which are seven years in jail and a $5,000 fine.


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  1. This piece of garbage should be punished to the fullest extent and fined.
    What he did was so vicious and cruel. He should not get away with it.
    Please make him pay for this sadistic cruelty. This poor dog, the suffering he had to go through. Such neglect and treatment should not be overlooked. Prosecute him fully!!

  2. Ban dog tethering! Charge the owner for extreme neglect and cruelty and impose the stiffest penalty, jail and fine. Poor dog Maverick was treated like he was invisible for weeks causing him to chew off his own leg in order to free himself from his tether. His heartless and irresponsible owner must never be allowed to keep Maverick or any other pet in future. Maverick deserves to be rehomed to a good and caring family.

  3. tie this owner up now and see how it tries to escape now in the lions den. justice for this great dog.

  4. Punish this waste of a man to the fullest extent of the law.

  5. Dorothy hopp says:

    Punish him to the maximum. Take away everything he has. Prison

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