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CINCINNATI, Ohio – Officials say a dog owner is in trouble with the law after allegedly trying to trick the SPCA into putting down an innocent dog.

According to FOX 19, Jason Dotson’s dog was not on a leash when it attacked a therapy dog and its owner as they were walking.

Police say the pit bull caused severe injuries to the therapy dog, who has been healing for the last few months. Dotson was eventually charged with failing to confine his animal and he was ordered to put the dog down.

When he brought the dog to the SPCA for euthanization, officials say they knew something was wrong.

Authorities told FOX 19 that Dotson had adopted a similar dog from the SPCA nine days after the attack and attempted to pass it off as the same dog.

“Defendant brought a dog that wasn’t his dog, said it was his dog, and turned that over to the SPCA so they would destroy an innocent dog that hadn’t done anything to anybody,” said Ryan Nelson, assistant Hamilton County prosecutor.

An SPCA worker spotted a difference in the dogs and learned the dog’s true identity.

“It’s one thing, Mr. Dotson, for you to ignore a court order. It’s quite another thing to try to perpetrate a fraud on this court. In my 10 years as a judge, I can’t recall a more cold and heartless act,” said Judge Brad Greenberg, with the Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Dotson was sentenced to 28 days in jail.

Baby, the pit bull puppy who Dotson tried to pass off as his other dog, will be getting  a second chance at adoption.