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PETITION TARGET: Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office 

A brown and white dog likely died a slow and agonizing death on a tether in Forsyth County, North Carolina — with a deputy sheriff finding the dog’s emaciated body still chained to a post, according to news reports.

A concerned resident alerted authorities about a possibly suffering dog reportedly chained in a backyard. When the deputy arrived, the dog’s owner said the dog was dead — then he showed the deputy the corpse, still tethered to a clothesline with a cable. 

The dog was left tethered in “deadly cold weather” and not fed properly, “resulting in death by malnutrition,” according to an arrest warrant. A lab analysis also reported the dog likely died from starvation.

Authorities have arrested Timothy Elisha King on a felony count of animal cruelty and a misdemeanor count of restraining a dog on a tether. 

No dog deserves to live tethered 24/7 outside — abandoned and forgotten. This defenseless dog, the victim of prolonged and deadly neglect, deserves justice — as do all the other dogs languishing on chains in North Carolina! 

More than 38,000 people have already signed our petition to North Carolina legislators, urging that they ban cruel chaining in the state and showing a public will for full accountability for those who choose to chain and neglect their dogs. 

Sign our petition urging Forsyth County prosecutors to treat this case with the utmost seriousness  — including a maximum ban on owning animals for the individual(s) responsible.  

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at 336-727-2112.