In Butler County, Ohio a Hamilton man has been charged with animal cruelty after a neighbor videoed the man severely thrashing his dog with a thick leash.
According to the press release from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon, Kristopher Johnson, 21, was observed beating the dog and recorded “by an anonymous citizen and given to the authorities.”
“The pit bull named Zeus was immediately removed from the home by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Dog Wardens. Mr. Johnson was issued a citation for Animal Cruelty, a Misdemeanor offense. He is scheduled to appear at the Hamilton Municipal Court on Thursday February 15th at 8:00 am. ‘It’s a shame a crime like this doesn’t fit the felony statute. People like this deserve far worse punishments for their abusive actions. It takes a real weak person to abuse a defenseless animal and it disgusts anyone who is a normal human being,’ said Sheriff Jones.”
On the Facebook page for the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, a woman has come forward admitting to having been the witness who videoed the disturbing act.
“Jennifer Bowman I’m the one who caught video of this after the people who live their tried hurting my dog several times. Yesterday while watching my camera I wittnessed (sic) this and reported it. It was heart breaking!!!”
Two videos can be viewed here and the dog can be heard yelping in pain and fear. Zeus is reported to be safe.
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