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Owner of Abused Dog Pleads Guilty
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKRC) -- The owner of a starving pit bull appeared in Middletown Municipal Court Monday in the midst of a growing battle to toughen Ohio animal abuse laws. Local 12 news reporter Rich Jaffe was there for Bert Brasher's plea, as were a lot of local animal supporters. It's a story you'll only see on Local 12.
The dog Brasher's now admits to abusing is recuperating at the Animal Friends Shelter. Dee was found curled up in a cage with three inches of water on the floor. After two weeks at the shelter, she looks like a new animal.
Bert Brasher arrived in court in a wheelchair. He recently had his leg amputated. He and his wife split before his surgery. Brasher says his stepson was supposed to be caring for the dog.
The group Justice for Joseph fears the judge will be sympathetic and take it easy on Brasher when he's sentenced next month. Joseph is another dog who was recently found abused. Supporters of both dogs protested in front of the municipal building to raise awareness. They want to see animal abuse charges become felonies. Right now they're only misdemeanors.
Brasher faces up to six months in jail and a one thousand dollar fine. Rich will have more on this story on Local 12 First at 4 and at 6 p.m.
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