In Valparaiso, Indiana, a family’s pet dog had to have his eye surgically removed after a neighbor allegedly beat the dog with a log for barking in the yard. Ronald Johnson was arrested on Friday and charged with torturing or mutilating an animal and animal cruelty.
The beagle and dachshund mix, named Echo, had been out in the family’s yard, when Courtney Gutowski’s teenage daughter walked outside and witnessed their dog being beaten in the head with a log. Echo’s eye socket had been fractured thus having to have his eye surgically removed.
According to the Times of Northwest Indiana, Johnson had attacked the one-year-old dog in the past when the man was caught throwing “softball-size ice chunks” at the dog. Although the family complained to authorities, there was no investigation because there were no injuries. Since then the dog’s family tried to work with Johnson and said they would only leave Echo out five to ten minutes as not to annoy the man, and if he had a problem to come over and talk to them.
Johnson, 55, is scheduled to appear in court on September 25.
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