What happened to the abused German shepherd?
I called Erie County Dog Warden Barb Knapp and asked her for the latest information on Star, the German Shepherd dog found by a local family on Aug. 5 with a severe wound from an embedded rope around her neck. Knapp said Star went through a second surgery to repair her neck wound and she is doing well. Star was staying with a foster family that planned to adopt her — but when she was introduced to the family's cats the meeting didn't go well. So, Star's foster family is working with the dog pound to select one of 11 potential adoptive homes. Knapp is confident Star will find a loving forever home with one of the many folks interested in adopting her. Knapp said she's also appreciative that community donations covered all of Star's medical bills for repairing her wound.
The man accused of inflicting Star's injuries, James Ryerson, 56, of the 1700 block of Mills St., faces up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine if he's found guilty of animal cruelty. He was scheduled for trial in Sandusky Municipal Court, but the date has been postponed. A new date has not yet been scheduled.