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Woman Locked Her Dog In The Car As Punishment And He Suffered A Horrible Death

Published: August 19, 2021 at 05:22 PM Author: Penny Eims

Sandusky, OH-A 58-year-old Sandusky, Ohio, woman is facing a felony animal cruelty charge after locking her dog inside of a car in early August as “punishment.” The dog, named Chapo, suffered a miserable death from the heat.

Sandusky Police arrested Mouheb Ashakih on August 7, at her Perry Street home, after finding Chapo dead in the backseat of her Toyota Camry.

Ashakih’s neighbor confronted her about putting the dog in the car and her response was, “I don’t care, mind your own business I want him to die!”


The neighbor told the police that he saw Ashakih place her pit bull inside of the car and roll up the windows – he then saw the dog frantically trying to claw his way out of the car.

Death by heatstroke is not quick, or painless. Dogs can suffer seizures, tremors, increased heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and delirium. Chapo undoubtedly suffered horribly before collapsing in the backseat of the Toyota.

When the police arrived, they could see the dog collapsed in the rear of the car. The police report describes what was observed after the window of the car was broken out:

After opening the door through the broken window, the dog was observed to not be breathing and showed no signs of life. I carefully shook the dog and noticed him to be stiff and very hot to the touch. There was also a very hot burst of air released from the interior of the vehicle when the window was shattered and the door was opened – considerably more hot than the temperature outside. The vehicle’s interior was observed to be destroyed and covered in blood, which indicates the dog was struggling and attempting to exit the vehicle. The dog’s paws were also observed to have lacerations and were covered in blood, as if he was attempting to scratch/dig his way out.


Chapo’s body was removed from the car and taken to the dog warden’s office, pending the investigation. Officers also removed a two-year-old dog, and two six-month-old puppies from Ashakih’s home. The dogs were taken to a shelter and Ashakih was booked into the Erie County Jail.

Please sign the petition as we push to have court officials give Mouheb Ashakih the maximum sentence allowable by law for what she did to Chapo. She caused this dog extraordinary suffering, and by her own words, she intended for him to die. We will also be asking the court to forbid Ashakih from reclaiming the dogs that were seized, as well as requesting that she be denied the ability to own pets in the future.

PETITION LETTER to Prosecutor Tischler

Update 8/1/2022: The warrant remains active. 

Update 7/2/2022: This case is still open with an active warrant since March of 2022. The defendant still cannot be found. Case Details – CourtView Justice Solutions

Update 4/18/2022: Animal Victory has learned that the suspect failed to report to the court and has still not been located.

Update 01/11/2022: Animal Victory has learned that the next court date has still not been scheduled since the pretrial on 11/9/2021. Please continue to sign the petition.

Update 11/30/2021: Animal Victory has learned that the case was bound over to Erie County from Sandusky Municipal. The new case number is 2021 CR 0451.

Update 11/8/2021: Animal Victory has sent 20,231 signatures to the Grand Jury Assistant Prosecutor, Jessica Paule, and the Chief Assistant Criminal Prosecutor, Paulette Lilly.  

Update 11/4/2021: Pretrial is scheduled for 11/09/2021. Support for this case is still needed; please sign and share if you haven’t already!

On November 4, Animal Victory received the following correspondence from the city attorney’s office:

Thank you for reaching out to me. This case is currently pending in Sandusky Municipal Court but will not remain here. The case will be bound over to Common Pleas Court to be presented to a Grand Jury. I will forward your concerns to the Grand Jury Assistant Prosecutor, Jessica Paule, and the Chief Assistant Criminal Prosecutor, Paulette Lilly. Believe me when I say that we are treating this matter with the utmost seriousness in the City of Sandusky Law Department and I am sure the same will occur once the case reaches the Erie County Prosecutor’s Office. Your input is very valuable and I appreciate your concerns. Thank you again for contacting me.

City Prosecutor Lynne Gastking

Update 9/16/2021: Animal Victory has learned that the case is set for preliminary on 10/28/2021 @ 10:15 a.m. and that Ashakih’s attorney has entered a plea of not guilty.





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Woman Locked Her Dog In The Car As Punishment And He Suffered A Horrible Death

22,044 signatures = 110% of goal


22,044 John Robertson Nov 30, 2022
22,043 Dana Dykes Nov 19, 2022
22,042 Sylvie Préseau Peine maximale ! Elle l'a torturé en lui infligeant des douleurs atroces !! Extrêmes souffrances !!! Très longue agonie !!! Elle mériterai qu'on lui fasse subir la même expérience Peine maximale sans rien laisser passer. Nov 05, 2022
22,041 Lisa Cairns Oct 20, 2022
22,040 Jacqueline McRobbie Oct 17, 2022
22,039 Meg Feltes Oct 17, 2022
22,038 Shannon Nichols Oct 07, 2022
22,037 Guisselle Martinez Sep 17, 2022
22,036 Shambhavi Ojha Sep 16, 2022
22,035 Carmen Verdugo Sep 11, 2022
22,034 Kelly A Kalish Sep 10, 2022
22,033 Michelle Krueger Sep 09, 2022
22,032 Jeffrey Clouatre Sep 04, 2022
22,031 Tina Woods Sep 03, 2022
22,030 LEO MENDEZ Put this sick cruel bitch in a hot car for hours and let her die!! Sep 03, 2022
22,029 MARIE BOTEILHO Find this sick deranged cruel heartless bitch and charge her with animal cruelty!!! HARSH PENALTIES ON HER! 30 YEARS IN PRISON AND LOCK HER IN A HOT JAIL CELL!! Sep 03, 2022
22,028 Nancy Coupe Sep 03, 2022
22,027 Michele Pierce Aug 23, 2022
22,026 Karen Sexauer Aug 17, 2022
22,025 maureen blundell Aug 17, 2022
22,024 Vickie Barnett Aug 10, 2022
22,023 Renee Crawford Aug 10, 2022
22,022 Jeanette Uy This monster needs to be found and punished to the full extent of the law. Batter yet, have her locked up in a car in the midst of the heatwave and see how she fares! Poor Chapo... I'm so sorry you had such a horrible human. Aug 10, 2022
22,021 Ana Carolina Casey Please put this horrible animal abuser in prison for ever evil monster. Aug 05, 2022
22,020 Ana Castro Aug 03, 2022
22,019 Dianna Story Jul 26, 2022
22,018 Susanne Beier Jul 25, 2022
22,017 Susan Bunn How repugnant! She truly MUST BE PROSECUTED to the full extent of the law! Jul 20, 2022
22,016 valentina van dijk We want justice for poor Chapo!!! Please find that ugly evil demon Ashakih and make her suffer!!!! Jul 20, 2022
22,015 lina van dijk Please find that evil devil Mouheb Askahih and kill her!!! Poor precious Chapo deserves JUSTICE!!!! Jul 20, 2022