LORAIN, OH (WOIO) - A Lorain man slapped with animal cruelty charges appeared before a judge in
John Daughney admitted to authorities to hanging his Neapolitan Mastiff, Memphis, by its collar from the side of a semi trailer.
Police found the dog on Jan. 31 near Euclid Avenue and River Industrial Parkway in Lorain. Daughney, 36, says he adopted the dog from a neighbor.
He told police he hanged the dog because it was aggressive with his other pets, and he did not want to take care of it anymore.
believe the dog was alive when it was hanged by a chain choke collar.
Daughney has been charged with cruelty to domestic animals, which is a first-degree misdemeanor, along with killing or injuring an animal, which is a second-degree misdemeanor.
A judge ordered Daughney to be held on a $2,500 bond and remain in jail, due to his actions constituting a probation violation. His past includes several domestic violence cases and violating protection orders.
An animal cruelty protest took place outside the courtroom. The signs people carried sent a simple message: Cruelty to animals needs to be a felony, not a misdemeanor.
"Justice is what we're here for. Justice. And a misdemeanor one is not justice. Six months max?" said Michael Smeck with the Nitro Foundation.
Judging from the growing number of people at these events and the honking horns of cars going by, this is a movement that is growing by leaps and bounds.
"I think people are getting fed up. We've got so many cases right now. I've got one in Mansfield tomorrow. A sentencing in Elyria on Wednesday and a case in Newark on Friday," said Smeck.
The Nitro Foundation promises to be a watchdog until laws change.