Felony animal cruelty conviction after dog found frozen to death

Man convicted of felony animal cruelty after dog froze to death

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An Ohio man has been convicted of felony animal cruelty after an emaciated dog was found frozen to death behind his home in Darke County. According to WDTN News, Robert Frazier pleaded guilty to the felony charge on June 21.

The horrible crime

Frazier left his dog outside in the midst of frigid conditions – the frozen body of the emaciated dog was found in December 2017. An officer with the Darke County Humane Society found the dead dog and had a necropsy conducted to determine if the dog had indeed frozen to death – the exam confirmed the animal control officer’s suspicions.

The conviction is a first

According to WHIO News, Frazier’s felony conviction is the first that the Darke County Humane Society was able to pursue under Ohio’s new animal cruelty laws. Though Frazier did receive a felony conviction, his sentence may leave some animal lovers wanting more…he was sentenced to a mere 30 days in jail with 16 days of credit for time already served. The man has also been ordered to pay restitution and court fines/fees.

A statement about the animal cruelty

Humane Society agent Dustin Wills stated:

“It’s sad we need laws in place to make people treat animals in a decent way. I’m glad the new laws give us more power when we charge offenders. Hopefully this will show the people that we are not playing around. We will not tolerate this behavior in our county.”

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11 replies
  1. pennysdachshunds says:

    This 30 day sentence with 16 days credit severed!!!!! Lets see leaves him with ALL of 14 days in jail!!! THIS IS NOTHING SHORT OF A TOTAL JOKE !!! WHY OH WHY OHIO would your State even waste the time on something as asinine as this!!!! People get more than that for “petty theft or shoplifting!!!!

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  2. Jan Barnes says:

    HE definitely won’t freeze in “the special place” in HELL where he’s going!
    Hope the hell starts soon here in earth!

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  3. maxiemom says:

    No, it’s not enough. Not nearly enough. Still, at least the POS had to spend some time in jail.

    Without serious changes, he’ll undoubtedly spend eternity in Hell.

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  4. Kat says:

    A mere 30 days!? A felony conviction should carry years if convicted! Once again you have a judge who could give a crap about animals if this felon was only sentenced to 30 days! Make it so people who abuse animals will not do it again!

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  5. Barkley's Mom says:

    “It’s sad we need laws in place to make people treat animals in a decent way. I’m glad the new laws give us more power when we charge offenders. Hopefully this will show the people that we are not playing around. We will not tolerate this behavior in our county.” Are they kidding? This sentence says what! You get 30 days in jail and pay court costs. I bet this POS is shaking in his boots as well as others that treat animals this way, this whole thing is a JOKE! So much for Ohio’s NEW animal abuse laws, they should have not wasted their time if this is how they work!

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  6. Nancy Raymond says:

    What a lousy punishment for what this maggot did – he basically got no punishment for his cruelty. He SHOULD be sitting in prison for at least five years. I hope Robert Frazier becomes a fatal statistic under the wheels of an 18 wheeler – he deserves no less – a useless waste of flesh and bone.

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  7. Mary Ann Clark says:

    The only just punishment would be to freeze him to death! This is most definitely not a severe enough punishment!

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