Did you hear the story of the man who walked into the bar and gave his dog a “to go cup size” of vodka? Unfortunately it’s not just a fish story. Today Todd Harold Schrier, 49 of Helena, Montana pleaded not guilty to feeding his 20 pound Pomeranian or Pomeranian mix alcohol.
According to KRTV. com on March 1, Schrier entered a bar where a witness observed Schrier put his dog, Arly II on the floor after telling other patrons his dog was drunk. Witnesses observed the dog losing his balance, falling over and stumbling. An off-duty bartender who was worried about the dog’s safety called 911.
When East Helena Police Officer La Sotta arrived at the bar, he immediately took Arly II to the Alpine Animal Clinic where the dog’s blood alcohol level tested at .348 percent. A .04 percent can be fatal to a human (4 times over the legal limit to drive).
Arly II is recovering and will remain at the Lewis and Clark Humane Society until the criminal case against Schrier is resolved. Schrier has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and felony drug possession. He faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine for the animal cruelty charge.
For those readers who think the punishment for intentionally getting a defenseless dog drunk should be more stringent, perhaps the case of Matthew Cox, 26 of Chilwell, Nottingham might be some food for thought for the Helena judge who decides Schrier’s fate if found guilty of animal cruelty.
In January, Mail Online reported another case of dog intoxication, except this was a story about a young man who put his glass down on the flooor of his apartment to go outside and have a cigarette. His black Labrador puppy Max drank the vodka and coke drink. Instead of caring for his dog, Cox went out that evening and left the puppy to fend for himself. Had it not been for two young women who saw the dog staggering around the neighborhood and called police, who knows what would have happened to Max?
A police officer took Max to the veterinarian where the puppy was immediately placed on intravenous drips to flush his body of the alcohol. Cox was charged with animal cruelty and from not preventing an animal from consuming alcohol.
When the Magistrates’ Court heard that the owner was too drunk and never cared for his dog, Cox was sentenced to two years of probation and is now banned from owning or keeping a dog for the next three years.
Max has since been adopted to a responsible family.
The veterinarian who treated Arly II stated in 20 years of practice she has never known anyone who intentionally gave their dog liquor to get it drunk.
Schrier was being held in jail for multiple charges in lieu of $30,000 bail.
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