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Ohio Judge Lets Dog Murderer Reduce Sentence By Wearing Costume and Visiting Children

What was this judge thinking?!?!?! Let's see, I have a CONVICTED and ADMITTED animal abuser here so why don't I let him off easy by...

Joy  |  Dec 18th 2006


What was this judge thinking?!?!?! Let’s see, I have a CONVICTED and ADMITTED animal abuser here so why don’t I let him off easy by having him spend time around CHILDREN? Hello Judge Cicconetti! Have you seen the mountains of research showing that animal abusers escalate to children next? So instead of REALLy sentencing this human waste site, the judge helps him pick his next victim! Really, REALLY bright judge! This sounds like something that’s a lead-in to a bad Stephen King rip-off!

Is there any way for the citizenry of Painesville to appeal this ruling and/or get this judge taken off the court?

This article comes from SFGate and was barked in to President Isabel’s Animal Abuse Commission by In Memory of Max! Thanks!

Man Given Costume Option for Slaying Dog

Painesville, Ohio (AP) — A man who shot his Great Dane in the head may have his jail sentence reduced if he dresses up as a dog.

Municipal Judge Michael Cicconetti offered Thursday to cut Robert M. Clark’s sentence to 10 days in jail if he wears a Safety Pup costume and visits the city’s five elementary schools. The mascot educates children about issues ranging from traffic safety to drug abuse.

Clark, 38, pleaded no contest to an animal cruelty charge and was sentenced to 180 days in jail for shooting his dog.

Cicconetti suspended all but 30 days of Clark’s sentence if he pays the Lake County Human Society for the dog’s veterinarian bills. The judge then offered to cut an additional 20 days if Clark dresses up as Safety Pup.

Clark was arrested July 3 after neighbors reported hearing the dog’s cries and police found the injured animal. The humane society took the dog to an emergency veterinary clinic, but he suffered brain damage and had to be euthanized, the group said.

Update — Here’s an updated article from The Star Beacon. It turns out Clark shot Bill, the Great Dane, because Clark had just gotten a fine supposedly for Bill’s behavior.