Dog Returned to Convicted Abuser by Judge


(5/1/08) Nine months after being returned to her abuser, China the dog is back in the news:

Owner in animal cruelty case headed back to court
Middletown Journal, May 1, 2008

(Butler County, Ohio) When Otis Clark Jr.’s dog, China, was found running loose in March, she had a chain embedded one inch into her neck.  Veterinarians had to surgically remove the chain, and she was left with permanent scars.  In July, Clark pleaded no contest to animal cruelty, but he continued to refuse to relinquish ownership of China.  In early August, Judge Robert Lyons allowed China to be returned to Clark on several conditions, including: that the dog be licensed, not be tied out, be examined by a veterinarian every 90 days, and that Mr. Clark read a book on dog care provided by the court.

For additional news about this case, watch a video here.

Details of the judge’s requirements can be found here.

Ohio law allows judicial discretion in decisions to return animals to abusers, so there is little chance this decision can be appealed.

Write a polite letter to Judge Robert H. Lyons to express your displeasure with his decision. The defendant caused inhumane, unnecessary suffering to a defenseless animal, and any animal in his care is at high risk of repeated abuse.

Judge Robert H. Lyons

Butler County Area 1 Court

118 High St

Oxford, Ohio 45056

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