Nichole Hannahs

Smith Sentenced in Dog Killing

by Nichole Hannahs on July 10, 2012 at 6:31 am

A Zanesville man who authorities said cut the throat of his girlfriend’s dog entered a plea in municipal court, Tuesday.

32-year-old Justin Smith pled "no contest" to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

Municipal Court Judge Bill Joseph then sentenced Smith to 240 days in jail, 180 on the animal cruelty and 60 days for resisting arrest. He was also ordered to pay a fine.

During his hearing, Smith, told Judge Joseph, he dispatched the dog named, Midnight, with honor. He went on and said that he killed the dog because he wanted his girlfriend to leave his home.

Assistant Law Director Emily Tarbert told the judge the dog was not dispatched with honor and was murdered. She said Smith was the worst offender and presented the judge with countless e-mails from concerned citizens and animal activists.

Judge Joseph agreed with Tarbert and said that this case has to do with humanity and if Smith wanted his girlfriend to leave he could have called police to have her removed and the dog could have been taken to a shelter.