China was discovered as a stray by the Animal Friends Humane Society in March. She had been tied up for so long that she had an infection from a chain embedded an inch into her neck.
Five months later, two-year-old China has been reunited with her owner, Otis Clark Jr, even though he has been convicted of animal cruelty.
In March, Clark was charged with animal cruelty, having no license and allowing a dog to run at large. During his court case, China was in the custody of an Ohio animal shelter. Clark refused signing ownership of his dog over to the shelter until the judge decided the case.
On Saturday, Clark came to the shelter with documents saying that he had custody of the dog.
Here are the terms that the judge gave Clark: he must license his dog, he is not to tie up his dog, he must take China to a vet every 90 days and he must read a book on dog care that the court has given to him. Clark will also be responsible for paying the $1,500 bill to the shelter for caring for the dog and the surgery to remove the chain. He also is subject to random home visits by a probation officer.
The staff at the animal shelter is furious that the judge gave Clark custody of China even though he pleaded no contest to abusing his dog. According to the director of the humane society, Clark said that he had no money to take China to the vet to care for her infection. They are all worried for China’s safety and well-being.
“If you abuse children and came to Judge Lyons court, would he say just go read a book and don’t do it again?” Gordon [director of the Animal Friends Humane Society] said. “He gave that dog back to the guy that did that to him, and it’s unbelievable.”
Source: Cincinnati Post