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Chillicothe man pleads not guilty to fatal shooting of puppy

Puppy Coco shot and left in rural area
Puppy Coco shot and left in rural area

A Chillicothe man charged with animal cruelty after allegedly shooting and killing a pit bull puppy pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Ohio SPCA conducted an investigation after the body of a little puppy was found on Feb. 17 with a cage in a wildlife area off Union Lane.

Five hours after the Ohio SPCA announced a $1,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting death of puppy "Coco," they received a tip. And a name: Joshua R. Bone.

If convicted, Bone faces up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for the misdemeanor charge. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for April 25, with a jury trial on June 5.

The Ohio SPCA has once again helped catch an animal abuser. But this is not the only case the Ohio SPCA has been working on. They have launched a full-scale investigation into dog killings in Gallia County. In the past eight weeks, the Ohio SPCA has rescued 18 horses (including 6 on Wednesday), and saved numerous dogs and cats from three hoarding cases.

Helping so many animals has depleted their veterinary funds. Medical care is expensive, and without the help of many, the Ohio SPCA cannot continue to rescue a large number of animals.

If you would like to help save lives, please donate, sponsor via the Ohio SPCA website, or at least share. Links are below.
Snail mail: Ohio SPCA P.O. Box 546 Grove City, Ohio 43123

Note that the no-kill volunteer-staffed Ohio SPCA is not affiliated with the ASPCA in NYC and they receive no government funding.

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