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PETITION TARGET: Butler County Prosecutor’s Office

Locked in a cage in the basement and nearly starved to death, a dog in Middletown, Ohio shocked rescuers with his skeletal frame.

With each individual rib protruding, hip bones jutting out of his body, and a sunken abdomen, this sweet boy had clearly been deprived of adequate nutrition for a long time — it’s a wonder he was even still alive in his deteriorated state.

The “reason” for this neglect? His guardian reportedly bought new furniture and claimed she didn’t have room for him anymore

A woman saying she’d “found” the dog on the street handed the animal in to Joseph’s Legacy animal rescue. Staff at the rescue center reported the heartbreaking case to the Butler County Dog Warden.

After a brief investigation, the warden discovered that the woman who handed over the dog — named Marvin by rescuers — had, in fact, been his guardian for the last two years.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office has charged 27-year-old Ashley Kubilus with cruelty to a companion animal, a 1st-degree misdemeanor.

Sign this petition urging the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office to prosecute this woman to the fullest extent of the law, and work to ensure she is never allowed to have an animal again.