man jailed for keeping wife on dog chain

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    Man Jailed for Keeping Wife on Dog Chain
    Mon Apr 7,10:52 AM ET

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A man who allegedly padlocked a 30-foot dog chain around his wife's neck and kept her in a cage after she threatened to leave him is now in a cage of his own -- a prison cell.

    San Antonio police arrested 41-year-old Jerry Wayne Thomason on Thursday after a neighbor spotted his 45-year-old Patricia wife wearing the chain around her neck after the couple dropped off their two children at school, police said on Friday.

    When police found her, the chained woman was standing in her driveway while her husband slept in the passenger seat of his car, holding onto the chain.

    Neighbors said the bizarre situation began when Patricia Thomason told her husband she wanted to leave him.

    "He also had her in a cage, chained up in a cage, because he didn't want her to leave," neighbor Yolanda Esquivel said.

    Firefighters had to use bolt cutters to remove the chain from her neck and police said she was released from a hospital after treatment for minor cuts and bruises.

    Thomason was jailed in lieu of $35,000 bond on charges of felony aggravated assault with bodily injury and unlawful restraint.

    Police said the couple had been married for 15 years.
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