Sheriff: Ohio man charged after slicing dog’s throat


MONROE, Ohio (WDTN) – A Butler County man has been charged after emergency personnel found a dog at his home with its throat cut.

Sheriff Richard K. Jones said Tuesday that 62-year-old Michael Kelley has been charged with cruelty to a companion animal for slitting the throat of his seven-year-old Yorkie-Poo.

The Sheriff says the deceased dog was discovered during a medical run on November 2 at Kelley’s residence by the City of Monroe Police and Fire.

The Butler County Deputy Dog Warden said Kelley took the dog outside and slit its throat with a kitchen knife.  That attempt was unsuccessful so he then retrieved a fillet knife to finish the job.

“The Butler County Deputy Dog Warden did a great job on this investigation.  Cases like this are disturbing and I don’t understand the mentality of people who mistreat innocent animals.  It makes one think what else they may be capable of.  We will continue to take a firm stance here in Butler County against anyone who commits disgusting acts like this,” said Sheriff Jones. 

The Deputy Dog Warden stated this is one of the worst cases of cruelty he has ever seen.

Cruelty to a companion animal, in this case, is a felony of the 5th degree. 

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