Police: Couple left starving dog outside in freezing cold

Published: Jan. 11, 2018 at 10:48 AM EST
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By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News

January 11, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee couple is facing felony animal cruelty charges, accused of leaving a dog chained up outside in the cold, without any shelter, food, or water.

According to arrest documents, on January 3, an Animal Control officer responded to an apartment on Talco Hills Drive after receiving a report about a dog tethered up in a backyard without shelter.

Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a woman at the residence. Tina Hines, 37, agreed to show the officer the dog.

As they walked to the backyard, Hines said that she does not normally take care of the dog and claimed that her husband, David Guidi, 33, had been working on building a dog house.

In the backyard, the animal control officer found the dog, a female tan boxer-mix, tied up to a tree with a plastic and metal cable. The officer said the dog was extremely thin and was sitting on top of a Styrofoam block.

The arrest report states that the cable around the dog's neck was "so twisted up that if the dog got off the Styrofoam block the dog would hang itself." The report goes on to say, "The dog also could not lay down or move away from a sitting or standing position based on the tightness of the cable which had become embedded into the dog's neck."

The dog was taken to the City of Tallahassee Animal Shelter for evaluation. Veterinarians found that the dog was severely emaciated and dehydrated, only weighing 23 pounds. The dog was also infested with fleas and hookworms, had lacerations on its neck from the cable, and had a body temperature too low to get a reading.

Further investigation revealed that the outdoor temperature on the day that the dog was discovered outside had dipped as low as 24 degrees, and it had even snowed in Tallahassee for the first time in years.

Following an investigation, Guidi and Hines were arrested on felony animal cruelty charges and booked into the Leon County Detention Facility on Tuesday.

Hines was released on her own recognizance on Wednesday. Guidi is being held on $7,500 bond.