Reward offered for information on abused dog

Maybe Star will have better luck with her next owner. The friendly, 1-year-old German shepherd is recovering this week after a rope, used as a leash, caused severe injuries to her neck. (WARNING: Some users may find images with this story disturbing. Discretion is advised.)
Tom Jackson
Aug 8, 2012

Maybe Star will have better luck with her next owner. The friendly, 1-year-old German shepherd is recovering this week after a rope, used as a leash, caused severe injuries to her neck. (WARNING: Some users may find images with this story disturbing. Discretion is advised.)

The rope was wound so tightly it became embedded in the dog’s body.

“The dog continued to grow and the rope didn’t,” Erie County dog warden Barb Knapp said.
Veterinarians had to surgically remove the rope.

An anonymous donor is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for Star’s mistreatment.

The dog’s rescue began when members of the Schill family spotted her running loose at a farm in the 5000 block of Homegardner Road.

Jerry Schill said his children, Julia, 14 and Jack, 9, asked if they could try to figure out who the owner was. The kids returned with the dog in tow.

“At first, I was going to try to cut the rope out,” Schill said. “It was just awful, the smell, the stench. I realized we couldn’t even see the rope at the bottom of the neck.”

The family put Star in a barn, where the children fed and watered her until the dog warden arrived.

As soon as she got to the scene, Knapp knew something was wrong.

“I realized I could smell rotting flesh,” she said.

She saw a blue-and-white nylon rope, much like those used by water skiers, around the dog’s neck.

“Underneath the muzzle it was totally embedded. You couldn’t even see it,” Knapp said.

Knapp took the dog to the dog pound and gave her food and water. The next day she called Firelands Animal Hospital, which often treats the shelter’s dogs.

Veterinarian Dr. Marianne Socha immediately agreed to help. The dehydrated dog was given fluids and the rope was removed in an operation.

“She’s doing great,” Socha said. “She’s in good spirits. She’s eating and drinking well.”

Socha, who is donating her services to help Star, said she plans to keep the dog for most of the week so she can make sure the bandages on Star’s big, oozing wound are changed frequently.

When Star gets back to the county dog pound, Knapp is hoping to find a foster family to take good care of her as she recovers.

“The dog is really friendly,” Knapp said. “Wags her tail, licks your face.”

Want to Help?
The Erie County Dog Pound is seeking donations to help care for Star as she recovers. Donations may be dropped off at the dog pound, 2900 Columbus Ave.



People like this need to be put in jail and personally, I think treated the way they abused animals. If it means wrapping a rope around their neck so tight.... they can not stand it... then I support that. Absolutely NO EXCUSE AT ALL for this. Dog's are such loving loyal animals and they don't understand why their owner hurts them. I have 3 Shepherds and they are the greatest dogs ever.

Julie R.

I also think the poor thing was probably dumped several months ago ~ maybe even longer than that ~ and has been running around as a stray ever since.  When it was dumped the collar probably fit him.   

Swamp Fox

Read the article, it wasn't a collar it was a ROPE...


I love training my labs and I always say they are not my whole life they just make my life whole. Although  I refuse to have a bad day at work, when I get home and they are so amped up and want to run or train fulfills my day. Wish everyone felt that way.

he said she said


I was offered a full bred black female pup when I first moved here.  She was so adorable she melted my heart the first time I saw her.  She had pure blood lines and had papers.  I turned down the offer.  I didn't want a pup that was probably from a female that was bred every time she went into heat.

I found out where the humane society and the dog pound was and adopted both my animals.  I couldn't ask for more loving and loyal animals.

I live with a cat and a dog that is a mix of who knows.  All I know is that they both are happy to see me when I come home and I can't wait to sit down and have them in my lap.

I blame the breeder as far as not doing a better check on people she's 'selling a not-for-profit' animal to and I blame the person that did this to this poor animal. 

I hope they find this human and tie them up just the same way, only difference would be the hands tied behind their back so they can't get themself loose.



@ Julie R

I refuse to believe this dog broke free and has been a stray long enough to have the "collar" embed in it neck. This dog was dehydrated and there is the cold creek running right through that area. She would have found it if she was on the loose that long. She would dehdrate in a couple days. She was not all ribs and bones according to the story so what was she dining on? You think a domesticated dog can go into the wild and survive forever?  Stray dogs in the country are rare and when dumped they will look for people to help them such as this family came upon.

In the country a stray will be shot if someone thinks it is a coyote and this girl fits the bill for that or if she was attacking livestock someone would have shot her or reported it.

She was dumped.


I have to agree with labman ~ this dog only recently escaped. Whether it was dumped or finally broke free ~ either way, whomever had her hasn't come forward and obviously doesn't give a sh---!

As for breeders ~ this baffles me. There are breeders who are NOT responsible, but you also have tons who ARE responsible! Just as you have the store clerk that sells to a minor **irresponsibly, or the camp counselor that works with 100's of kids **responsibly or the breeder of this dog who did everything as **responsibly as they could (assuming) ~ you have the responsible and the irresponsible versions in ALL walks of life!!!

Here I go out on a wire ~ Why breed dogs? To maintain the integrity of the breed! To maintain or better the qualities of that breed or specific pedigree. Last time I went through the shelter, the mass majority of those dogs were mixed breeds. How do you end up with mixed breeds? I know of no one that "breeds" mixed breeds ~ perhaps irresponsible breeding? and then hope you can find homes for all 14 of them? Oh wait ~ then you have the "designer mutts".................So many people take a "cute little guy" home and then the poor thing grows up. All of a sudden all those cure things it did as a pup aren't so cute anymore. little Johnny no longer has an interest in him, Mom is tired of doing everything for him and off to the pound or shelter Fido goes.

I have had mixed breeds and I have papered dogs. Dearly loved/love them both. I will only breed my "papered" dog to a "qualified" female with health clearances and only if there are 4 or 5 deposits on puppies before the breeding even happens. Some say I am a snob for that. But I insist on maintaining the integrity of the line of dogs that my dog brings to the table. Am I against the "I got a lab, you've got a lab, lets make puppies and sell them"?? Yes. Why? What is that breeding doing? Is there a purpose? Other than the pups are "so darn cute"? Is the breeding going to produce a healthy dog with desire to do what that breed is known for? Or is it going to produce a dog that is going to have aggression issues? To Labman;s point, there's alot to be said about health EIC and see how you feel about that. There is nothing wrong with a breeder who breeds responsibly!!

To blame what has happened to Star on the breeder is cowardly in a sense. You don't know the breeder but blaming him/her makes it easier for you. You don't know what happened there or why. You do know however that the dog was tied/collared with a nylon rope for so long that it embedded into the dog's neck!

Again SR, I think that something needs to be done to recognize the Schill kids and their Dad. They have potentially saved this dogs life. For many others as they condemn everybody and their mother, they would have looked the other way as it was not their problem.


 To Ritt, While I agree with most of your statement. There are some points I have a different opinion on.

 I understand where your coming from, about the reasons why responsible breeders breed. I get all that .

As far as Star is concerned. YES. I hold the breeder " PARTLY" responsible. And my reasoning for this is because, she didn't know who she sold the puppy to. ( If that was her puppy at all.)

 When I adopted my GSD the rescue facilty took an application, and called the references and the vet that I provided on the Application. Same goes for a Dobie that I adopted years ago.

 My point being, if one is going to breed to keep the breeds integity. Then make sure there is a paper trail. Same goes for the buyer... . 

I have never gave away or sold my dogs, but, I can assure you, that if I ever had to ,applications would be taken, and refernces checked. And if I found anything on the references that didn't seem right, those fur- babies wouldn't be going anywhere.

I 100% agree with you, that the Schill kids and their dad, played a major part in saving Star's life. And they do deserve a story about them in the paper!!!  This would be a great human interest story.

KUDO's to the whole Schill Family.


The integrity of the breed?

Do they love you more?

Is that the integrity you speak of?

For every "integrity bred" dog bought, one in a shelter dies!

I will stick to my "mutts" and sleep well knowing I saved 2 lives!


Taxed Enough Already

Those pictures of the dog's neck make me absolutely sick.  What a beautiful animal!


This is not the first time this has happened to an animal. There are animal shows that show this kind of abuse all the time. That being said, I see nothing wrong with breeding animals. If no one bred them, then the pure blood line would die out. The reason that there are so many animals in shelters is not because of breeders, but because of irresponsible owners. If all owners would watch their animals then there would be no "strays".


Well stated ritt ! I agree with it 100%


The Vet can tell if the dog had been on the loose for "months" like some of you think. However, it would be very thin, ill, and wouldn't be friendly. People like Knuckle Dragger always have to disagree with the facts. Perfect name for him.


A person who can treat an animal like this has the capacity to do this to a person.  I have zero tolerance for people who abuse or neglect people or animals.  Zero, none.  Take the person who did this and tie a rope so very tight around his or her neck so that it cuts into his or her neck the same way.  Leave it there for as long as it was in the dogs neck.  Feed and water him or her very little so they know the feeling.  I just can't stand people who abuse or neglect.  I just can't.  They are a waste of space and air.  Like the man who killed that little boy.  Schedule a time for his release in the park downtown.  Make his release time public.  He will get what he deserves and then feed the fish with him.  I get so angry.  As a social worker I see it all the time and unless they kill these scumbags get off with a slap on the hand and not a punishment that actually fits the crime.  And it is not the lowly social wokers at social agencies that don't want to do something.  Their hands are tied by their supervisors and the prosecutors.  The system is so messed up it isn't funny.