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Chillicothe resident faces animal cruelty charges in shooting death of pit bull

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Chillicothe resident, Josh Bone, is scheduled for arraignment Friday morning in connection with a pit bull’s death that brought with it the involvement of the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

He was issued a citation Wednesday charging him with animal cruelty in connection with the shooting death of the puppy whose body and cage were found on February 17 of of Union Lane.

The Ohio SPCA sent animal cruelty investigators to the scene and picked up the body and cage as part of their examination.

“Liver fractures also indicated that Jane, a generic name given the dog when its identity was unknown, most likely sustained blunt force trauma to her abdomen,” said Teresa Landon, Ohio SPCA executive director. “We are of the opinion that Jane was physically abused prior to being shot and killed.”

The tip eventually leading to Bone was called in just five hours after the Ohio SPCA had issued a press release February 24 announcing a $1,000 reward.

“Based on the evidence collected at the crime scene by our animal cruelty investigators, we knew we had located the dog’s owner,” Landon said.

The Ohio SPCA said it handed over all evidence, documentation and statements it had collected to the Ross County Sheriff’s Department.

If convicted of the first-degree misdemeanor charge, Bone could face up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. He also could be prohibited from owning an animal indefinitely.

Let's hope he at least gets the maximum, as lenient as it is.

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