Men face felony charges for abandoning 8 animals in cages – seven died

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Two men in Ohio are facing felony charges after the discovery of eight animals abandoned in cages – all but one of the animals died. As reported by the Herald-Star, Jason Aspinall, 39, and Michael Aspinall, 32, were arrested on Thursday for the cruelty case involving the abandonment of three dogs, three cats and a gecko in a home in Jefferson County.

Only one dog survived the abandonment – a Doberman Pinscher named Lucky was found emaciated, but alive, inside of a Wintersville home on March 8. The young dog is the only animal who managed to break free from his kennel and survive. He weighed just 42 pounds when he was found.

According to WTRF News, the men were booked into the North Regional Jail on felony animal cruelty charges. McMechen Police stated that the men appeared to have no idea that warrants had been issued for their arrest, and said that they were “shaking and crying” when taken into custody.

Lucky has since been adopted into a new home and is doing well.

(Booking photos WTRF News)

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  1. I must commend the state of Ohio as it seems in the past 6-9 months, they’re ACTUALLY taking animal abuse seriously and exercising legislative laws to prosecute these HEARTLESS FREAKS without being CALLED out on social media or slammed with phone calls to demand action. THANK you Ohio citizens and law enforcement, believe it or not, YOU GIVE MANY ANIMAL ADVOCATES RENEWED HOPE! :))


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