In Belmont County, Ohio, a hunter who shot and killed a man’s beloved two dogs is facing felony animal cruelty charges of prohibitions concerning companion animals. According to WtovNews, on Wednesday, charges will be filed against Mike Chedester, 59, of St. Clairsville, at which time he will be required to appear in court.
Pete Byers, the owner of the two dogs named Bella and Emmy was just about to leave for work when the dogs disappeared. Tragically it was the opening day of gun season, and Byers was terrified that something could have happened to the dogs. After an hours-long search of yelling the dogs’ names and with friends using their four-wheelers to aid in the search, one of the men reported hearing gun shots and a dog yelping. Byers followed the trail and came up to Chedester and his tree stand.
And there he found five-year-old Emmy, a Weimaraner and six-year-old Bella, a Doberman. Both dogs were dead as their lifeless bodies laid in the brush; their bloodied paws sticking up out of the weeds. Byers called the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department.
The charges stem from the Goddard’s Law, which became effective in Ohio on September 13. The law makes it a fifth degree felony to knowingly cause serious physical harm to a companion animal. If convicted, Chedester could be sentenced to the maximum of 12 months on each count or 24 months consecutively.
Meanwhile, Byers is left dealing with the grief of his two loyal and loving companions. Rest in peace Emmy and Bella.
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(Photos of felony animal cruelty Pete Byers’ dogs Facebook)