OC Man Charged After Puppy Chews Off Own Leg to Escape Being Chained

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The family initially told shelter officials that they didn't know what happened to Rocky's foot, but that they thought he might have "eaten it". (Credit: KTLA)

The Orange County man whose German shepherd chewed off his own leg after being tied up outside for a week has been charged with animal abuse and faces up to one year in jail if convicted, prosecutors said.

Samer Samir Ibrahim, 23, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at a Westminster courthouse on misdemeanor counts of animal abuse and improperly caring for his animal, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Between Nov. 2 and Nov. 8, 2014, the 11-month-old Rocky was tethered in the backyard of Ibrahim’s home, where the dog was poorly fed and beset by fleas. State law allows tethering a dog for up to three hours within a 24-hour period.

During that week, the dog’s leg became tangled in the tether, cutting off blood flow, prosecutors said. Rocky chewed off about 4 to 5 inches of his leg to get free.

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