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Man jailed after dog left out in cold

Sandusky Register Staff • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Michael Birch, 58, 100 block Center St., was charged with disorderly conduct intoxicated.

Birch allegedly sat down at the restaurant bar sometime prior to 10:30 p.m., but left his canine companion out in the cold.

The man had tied the dog’s leash around a 12-pack of Budweiser beer and left it outside in high winds and rain, the report said.

Birch refused sobriety tests, but officers noted he fumbled through his wallet while closing his tab, and said his current address actually belonged to a friend, the report said. While officers arrested him, Birch allegedly maintained he’d done nothing wrong.

Birch was held at the Erie County jail.

His pooch was taken to the Erie County dog pound.

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