Anthony Rawson, 31, appeared in Franklin County Municipal Court on Tuesday, and now faces first degree misdemeanor animal cruelty charges for the alleged mistreatment and abuse towards a one-year-old beagle he adopted from a local animal shelter in January reported nbc4i.com.
At that time, Rawson appeared extremely pleased he had been approved by the Licking County Shelter to adopt the adorable beagle named Treasure. Just a few months later, on April 14, a complaint to a social worker about a dog crying in pain in an east Columbus apartment, tragically involved Treasure.
Kerry Manion, the Humane Agent for Capital Area Humane Society, stated witnesses heard the dog crying out in pain as it was thrown against a wall. Just before authorities arrived, a neighbor spoke to Rawson who said there was something wrong with his dog. Rawson has pleaded not guilty to two counts of animal cruelty.
According to Manion, Treasure was in severe pain.
"The dog couldn't walk. It had a fractured spine (and) it was clearly suffering. The only humane thing to do (was to) alleviate the animal's suffering."
If found guilty, Rawson can be sentenced to six months in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine. Manion calls the Ohio laws for animal cruelty weak. In a report from 10tv.com, the Humane Agent stated a crime like this should be treated as a felony:
“The public needs to recognize that when these types of situations occur, that it's a violent act and it should be treated and punished as such.”
Rest in peace Treasure.
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