The London man who shot his dog in the mouth last May is back in court for failing to pay the animal’s medical bills.
Joseph Gray, 25, was arraigned in Madison County Municipal Court Wednesday on a probation violation. He was ordered last August to pay $1,177 in restitution to the Humane Society of Madison County and another $1,300 to MedVet, but hasn’t done so.
Gray was charged with abusing an animal after officials were able to link him to a dog that was found bleeding on the side of the highway.
The dog, ironically named “Chance,” survived. His story sparked outrage on social media last summer.
A local woman found the bleeding pitbull mix on Arbuckle Road near the intersection of State Route 38 on May 19. She thought the dog had been in a fight.
However, veterinarians at MedVet, where the woman sought emergency treatment for the animal, found it had been shot in the mouth.
Information about the wounded dog, posted on Facebook, led authorities to Gray. He admitted shooting the dog for allegedly harming a child and another dog in his household.
London resident Rachel Deutscher saw the Facebook posting, then drove to Hilliard and paid more than $1,000 for the dog’s initial care. MedVet staff appreciated her Good Samaritan effort and refunded the payment the next day.
A GoFundMe page generated $700 in following days to pay for Chance’s medical expenses. It was closed and the money donated to the humane society after authorities indicated restitution would be included in the criminal case against Gray.
Although Chance lived through his ordeal, a bullet remains lodged in the back of his throat. Veterinarians found it too risky to attempt removal.
Local humane society employees welcomed the dog and nursed it back to health. They found it unaggressive and amiable around people.
Deutscher’s interest in the dog continued through its recovery. She eventually adopted the dog.
Gray’s sentence also included six days in jail, court costs and fines. His violation hearing is scheduled for Feb. 14 at 8:30 a.m.
Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615.