A puppy who was seized from his owner, who was accused of animal abuse, will be getting a new home – despite a judge’s decision in the case. As reported by WCPO News, when Mac was just three months of age, neighbors contacted the authorities to report that his owner was kicking and hitting him – the local animal control in Clinton County, Ohio, seized the pup and turned him over to the Clinton County Humane Society.
What did the judge decide?
Though neighbors stated that the puppy was punched and kicked by his owner, the judge decided to acquit the man of the animal cruelty charge. Because the owner was acquitted, Mac was supposed to go back to his original home. The Clinton County Humane Society expressed sadness over the judge’s decision.
On August 9, the animal shelter made a public Facebook post about the situation:
“Many of you know about a puppy named Mac who has been in our care for six months. We are heartbroken to tell you that the accused abuser, who had failed to appear in court more than once, has been acquitted of cruelty to animals by Judge Michael Daugherty, despite eyewitness testimony of the abuse of a 3-month-old puppy.
Although we are heartbroken, sadly, we are not shocked — that is because it is rare for animal abusers in Clinton County, Ohio, to be convicted.”
Adding more details about the alleged abuse:
“This particular dog (now 9 months old) has been ordered by Judge Daugherty to be returned to the man who was seen by multiple witnesses in Blanchester, Ohio, taking the puppy and hanging it in the air by his leash, then kicking and hitting him repeatedly.
The Blanchester Police officer received multiple complaints on January 28, according to the report. The officer approached the defendant, who told the officer that he was “training” his new puppy to walk on a leash by kicking its feet out from under him.”
What is next for the puppy?
Even though Mac could have gone back to his owner’s home, he will not have to. The animal shelter alerted Facebook followers to the good news:
*UPDATE: Mac has been signed over to the Clinton County Humane Society! He will be neutered and a available for adoption by Thursday! We could not have done it without your help and support! You turned this dog’s life around today!***
As reported by the news agency, funds were donated to “buy” Mac from his owner so that he could be rehomed through the animal shelter.
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