Stark County man sentenced to 12 months in jail for shooting his dog in the face

Updated: Sep. 8, 2020 at 11:28 AM EDT
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CANTON, Ohio (WOIO) - A Stark County man who shot his dog twice in the face will spend the next year in jail.

Kevin Fishburn, found guilty by jury a in this January shooting, was sentenced Tuesday.

The judge told Fishburn he deserved the maximum sentence of one year in jail, yet he still doesn’t feel that punishment is enough. “This was a cowardly act and inhumane. I mean, you shot this dog and lied to the police. You lied to your friend. I don’t know how you live with yourself.”

The Massillon-area resident told deputies he shot his dog on public hunting grounds because “he feared for his own safety,” according to investigators.

A resident found the injured dog, Zeus, running in the area later that day and took the animal to a nearby veterinarian for emergency care.

Resident found a dog shot in Stark County Wednedsay.
Resident found a dog shot in Stark County Wednedsay.((Source: Soehnlen Veterinary))

Zeus has since recovered from the injuries.

While Fishburn spends the next year behind bars, the judge says his hope is the legislature will take another look at the law so these types of crimes can be dealt with more seriously.

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