Man jailed after dog left out in cold

A Huron man was arrested at Applebee’s on Halloween night after he left his dog tied up outside during a rain storm while he sat at the bar, according to a Perkins police report.
Sandusky Register Staff
Nov 3, 2013

 

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.

Comments

phroggy

So the next time there's high wind and cold rain, we can tie him outside too, right?

Statealltheway

If only...

From the Grave

Maybe the dog lives outside at home...so, do they go to every house and arrest drunk dog owners who leave their dogs outside when it rains? Now, if he tried to drive drunk, THEN he WOULD be endangering the dog, AND us. And he was planning on driving, presumably.

Kelly

If it lives outside at home, it should still have shelter from the rain.

Statealltheway

We are all dumber having read this comment.

Anybody that leaves their dog tied up to a case of beer in high winds/rain without shelter in a public place deserves to be jailed and refused the right to care for animals.

Along the same lines, anybody that defends such behavior also deserves to be jailed and refused the right to care for animals.

I award you no points for your argument and may God have mercy on your soul.

Raoul Duke

I wish some sombitch would tie me to 12 pack!

Unassumer

people should not leave their dogs outside constantly in any kind of weather. they need shade and water when it's hot (just like people do) and warmth when it's cold (just like people do) so yes they should go to every house and arrest drunk (or sober) dog owners that leave their dogs outside. unfortunately some never get reported and they don't have the manpower to do it. a dog is supposed to be a part of your family and not a lawn ornament or another possession you take out when the urge hits you. they need love and care, which some people can't fathom.

Darwin's choice

When they start arresting people for being stupid.........

From the Grave

...start building more jails.

RNR

Let me first say that I do not prefer dogs, I am not a "dog person". However, I feel if you CHOOSE (it is a choice!) to own a dog, you should be a responsible dog owner. Domesticated animals are like people. They need food, shelter, love and respect. If you wouldnt do it to yourself... DO NOT do it to your animal! They are unable to call the police and report you! If you cant take care of an animal DON'T OWN ONE!

moonbeam

This idiot tied his dog to a 12 pack of beer in a public place, not to a dog house! I would say have him volunteer at the pound or humane society,but I wouldn't subject the poor animals to this monster. Sure that was bad. Can you imagine what the dog was treated like at home?

Statealltheway

I'm afraid to imagine what life is like for this dog at home. I hope this piece of shnit never gets near another animal.

From the Grave

I remember it not being all that cold that night. Dogs can handle being cold and wet~they have fur. Is it cruel to take them on hunting trips? People will show unlimited compassion for an animal, yet display brutal hatred for a human being. You can't just turn your compassion on and off. And let's be honest~the far worse issue here was that he WAS going to drive after drinking. And so was everyone else sitting at that bar, and at every other bar in town. And you're upset about a dog being left out in the rain...

deertracker

You are so right.

Statealltheway

You and deer tracker are both scum for thinking this is appropriate. When a dog is hunting, he is happy and excited and moving around for warmth. When he is tied to a case of beer in public, he is humiliated and unable to do anything to improve his situation.

It honestly scares me that people like you can blindly look past such cruel behavior and try to justify reasons for it.

I'd love to chain you to a case of beer next to an Applebee's in the wind and rain and see how you feel.

Peninsula Pundit

Thumbs up to you, Grave!

Mum-of-One

This is not about a hunting trip. He took away the dog's ability to care for itself by tying it up in those conditions. Therefore the dog could not seek shelter nor defend or take care of itself while tied up. When you do that to an animal is becomes depedent on you for everything. What part of stupid do you not understand? Just because people do it does not make it right. There are plenty of offenders out there who do not get caught. He just happened to get caught and will now face the consequences.

44846GWP

From the Grave: Depends on what kind of a dog it was. Some can't handle being outside in the wind and cold. Use your head. Hope you don't have any animals, you seem like the type with no heart.

rezzy

Your point of redirecting attention away from this loser mistreating his dog is moot. Perhaps you yourself have something to tell us and how you have mistreated an animal. Let's recreate the conditions from that night by waiting for a night that is 45 degrees with winds gusting up to 15 mph and then we will tie you in front of that same bar and spray water on you. But have no fear, we will be sure to allow plenty of time for you to grow out a beard and any back hair your find necessary which will surely protect you from the elements. When finished, we want to interview you to see how things went and rather or not you feel the dog was abused.

Unassumer

Yes, frankly I am more upset about the dog than that the guy was going to drive drunk. I like animals more than I like people although I do try to have compassion for both. It's just hard when many people act atrociously or with complete disregard for others. Animals don't do that unless they are taught to be mean and vicious-by people.

Statealltheway

Thank you for adding a voice of reason to this comments section. The people above are making me sick.

Peninsula Pundit

Maybe it's the blood leaking from your bleeding heart.

deertracker

Exactly! There are more problems than the dog here. I like animals, especially dogs but some dogs live outside. Yes, this guy in this case was out of line but it amazes me that some of you think that putting the guy in jail is a good use of taxpayer dollars. Not everyone sleeps with dogs or let them lick in their mouth or treat it like it is a child. More power to you if you do but I choose not to nor do I own a dog. If you think that guests can't smell that dog or cat or whatever animal you have when entering your home you are WRONG!

Statealltheway

It's been pointed out by several people above that ther is a HUGE difference between letting your dog live outside and chaining it to a case of beer in public.

There are a lot of dogs that live outside, and this is no problem if you provide them with means to shelter from cold, wind, rain, etc -- but the man in this story did none of that.

You're exactly right when you say there are more problems than the dog here -- the big problem is the owner and the people on here trying to defend him.

Sure, there are plenty of problems in society we could discuss, but that's not the point of this article, so let's keep things relevant.

44846GWP

That smell is your breath blowing back in your face.

Statealltheway

Either that or it's the stench of your rotting soul -- I can't figure out which it is. Either way, I'd feel better if you weren't around.

From the Grave

I was actually pointing out that is FAR FAR worse to drive around on Halloween night(or ANY time, for that matter)drunk than it is to leave a dog out in the rain for awhile(which I DO think is pretty lame). Maybe you need to get hit by a drink driver too, in order to understand that~I DON'T SEE HOW THESE TWO THINGS COMPARE.

Statealltheway

I understand your point, but it really is irrelevant.

BOTH of these things are horrible -- the difference is, only ONE of them happened in this story. I'm not stupid -- I realize that drunk driving is a horrible thing and costs many innocent people's lives every year, but this is a story about a dog being left to fend for itself against the elements, NOT a drunk driver.

Suggesting that what this man did isn't all that bad simply because it's not as bad as drunk driving is just plain stupid -- that's like saying it isn't as bad to murder someone with a bullet to the head as it is to shoot them in the stomach. They're both murder, kiddo!

Furthermore, suggesting that I get hit by a drunk driver is just classless and morbid -- it takes away any shred of relevance your opinion may have once had.

From the Grave

It never said how long he left the dog outside. Maybe he only went in for one quick shot, and the dog was out there for less time than it would be if you let it out to pee.

Statealltheway

It was out there long enough for the police to be called, get there, and arrest the man. I don't know about your dog, but mine pees faster than that...

Your attempts to justify this man's behavior have become quite comical.

From the Grave

That's right. He was in there long enough to get too drunk to drive, which he would have(driven), had nobody called the police on him about his dog.

From the Grave

And that was my point all along, that people care more about the well being of one dog than they care about the well being of a community of people.

From the Grave

But you can keep on telling me what a horrible, immoral person I am.

Statealltheway

Who said I don't care about drunk driving?? I already said that drunk driving is a horrible thing, BUT NOBODY IN THIS STORY IS GUILTY OF DRUNK DRIVING!!!! You don't know this man's intentions -- he may have had a friend taking him and his canine friend home after his drinks. He may have planned to call a cab -- you just don't know, do you??

Regardless of his plans, he didn't drive drunk -- so why sit here and say "leaving that dog out in the cold isn't so bad -- he was planning on driving drunk -- that's the bad thing!!" That, my friend, is an asinine argument. People can always do worse -- than is NEVER a defense that what they DID do isn't so bad.

I can't believe you don't understand this concept. "Well, he only killed one man -- that's not a big deal. The real story is that he could have killed 5 men!!" <---- this argument follows your logic. Seems silly, doesn't it??

Raoul Duke

Screw that dog. Who cares about a f ucking dog.

From the Grave

You think he's heinous for leaving a dog out in the rain, but you also THINK he might have planned on having a friend drive him home. Doubtful.
Whatever dude. He DIDN'T drive drunk because he was arrested.
Anyway, maybe the dog LIKES being out in the rain~how do you know for sure that it doesn't? Go argue with someone else.

dorothy gale

Our attitudes toward and treatment of creatures smaller than us (and often dependent upon us) tells quite a bit about our morals and values, or lack thereof.

Statealltheway

Well said.

Raoul Duke

They eat dogs in some countries.

Darwin's choice

Obama?

SamAdams

Do you know why some of us have more sympathy for animals than for human beings? (I'm not counting the helpless human here, like a small child or a frail elderly person.) BECAUSE HUMANS ARE IN CONTROL! Humans have a choice. Humans have abilities animals don't. That poor dog doesn't have opposable thumbs so he can untie himself and seek shelter.

And for the person who suggested it's okay because dogs have fur, you're wrong. It's okay for SOME dogs to be outdoors in the cold because of the thickness of their coats, but just like your own outerwear, that insulation goes away when it gets soaked. And shame on you for suggesting it's EVER okay for a domestic animal to be left to the mercy of the elements regardless!

Peninsula Pundit

Yes.
As Sam's myriad of political posts throughout these boards clearly show, he has no problems with the poor and the children of the poor having to scrape by or do without nourishment, but here's ol' Sammy drying an eye for a dumb animal.
THAT, indeed, is what is wrong with this country.
People who care more about dumb, soulless beasts than for their fellow man. Despicable.
It may be 'easier' to 'like' an animal, but it sure as heck don't make it right.
Anthropomorphism: It's a mental illness. Get a clue.I'm done with this sick page.

deertracker

Agreed!

P.S. He is actually a she!

SamAdams

Wow. And to think you said what you said right underneath a post where I CLEARLY excepted those humans who are largely helpless. You know, like those small children you're talking about?

It IS true that I have zero sympathy for the able-bodied adult who can't be bothered to work. But to suggest that I care less for legitimately helpless humans than for helpless animals is disingenuous at BEST. Of course, that's the standard for liberal arguments for anything and everything since neither facts nor the patently obvious tend to apply...

he said she said

I don't know what kind of dog this is or what the shape of the dog is but I do know this...the breed of the dog will tell a responsible owner what type of things make the dog happy or unhappy. This is called 'educating yourself about this breed of dog'. If I own a blood hound, the city is not a very good place for it since they are more happy chasing and tracking.

I am a dog lover that has had many dogs throughout my life and this situation would have made me upset. I would be raising hell no matter what it was tied to the beer and a tree!

Ok WTF

To begin with, even in the wild, dogs are pack animals. His pack is his family. A life alone on a chain is like sentencing him to a life of solitary confinement. If you are adament about having something to ornament your backyard, get a frickin shrub! Don't get a dog if that's all you're going to do with it.

The Answer Person

To all of you who feel that this is appropriate treatment of a defenseless animal:
You need to return the call from your oncologist as your cancer is spreading. :-)

Statealltheway

Well said.

deertracker

No one said it was okay so climb down off your soap box. I just don't think jail is the answer. You right wing bleeding hearts ALWAYS put words in other's mouths.

Statealltheway

Enlighten us -- what is the answer?? Ask him politely not to do it again?? I'm sure that will work!! In fact, why don't we just ask all criminals to stop doing wrong -- sounds like a plan to me!!

If I'm a right-wing "bleeding heart", then you're a soulless left wing snake -- go collect your government handouts -- its on my dollar!

Minuteman

A 12 pack of bud was left outside after dark
for hours and no one grabbed it? In Sandusky? Sure!

riderwo

I agree this lowlife is very cruel and wrong for his thoughtless actions leaving the doggie to fend for his self in the bad weather and all, but how is taking it to the high kill dog pound any better? The Humane Society maybe, but if he's just gonna be there 3 days and then be euthanized, then maybe he was better off with the guy who at least gave him enough attention to be out with him at all, some dogs never leave their yard or the end of a chain. Killing the dog is not the right thing to do - I have 3 dogs and cannot take another, someone please step up and rescue this double victim doggie!!! Please! My heart breaks for it and I have never seen it. But a death sentence is not a rescue for that dog. THE DOG SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY FOR HIS OWNERS' STUPIDITY!

red white and blue

What about the beer? Is anyone care about the beer sitting out there getting warm and wet really? Whereis the humanity;-)

rippedhippy1

It must have been a rather small dog to be held by a 12 pack inside of wet cardboard.