Animal Activist Convicted Of Stealing Dog

December 19, 2007 | By Rebecca Andrews | Category: Care & Safety | 724 comments
Tags: dogs, care & safety

Pa. – An animal rights activist who took a chained dog from its home in central Pa. has been convicted of theft and receiving stolen property.

In Sept. 2006, Tammy Grimes of Tyrone, Pa. took Jake, a 19-year-old German shepherd mix, from the backyard of a couple’s property in East Freedom. She heard the dog had been chained outside for three days without food and water, and was unable to move.

Grimes, founder of Dogs Deserve Better, which fights chaining or penning dogs outside, took Jake to a vet to be cared for.

He was later moved to a foster home but he died there a few months later.

District Attorney Richard Consiglio said he isn’t against removing dogs from chains but Grimes deprived the owners of their dog and it wasn’t her place to get involved.

Grimes faces probation on the two misdemeanors and will be sentenced on Feb. 22. She is in favor of a state law that would prohibit chaining dogs outdoors from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

To find out more, you can call the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society at 814-942-5402 or visit

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Katie M.

Katie M.
5 years ago

The dog deserved much better.

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6 years ago

What about the dog's rights not to be chained in an unheathy environment.

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