The Butler County, Ohio, Sheriff's Office said a person who claimed they found a dog with its throat cut and duct tape around it's mouth "concocted a story" to get free care for the dog.
The owner told deputies that dog had cut its throat on a barbed wire fence and that since they couldn't afford veterinary care, the family made up the story.
The owner said the dogs mouth was injured due to being muzzled for several hours a day.
Deputies said the dog was taken to Twin Maple Veterinarian Clinic, where it was determined the neck injury the dog had was not intentional.
It is unknown if charges will be filed against the owners.
This article was originally written by Courtney Shaw for WEWS .