Man Convicted Of Animal Cruelty Gets Abused Dog Back

ChinaChina 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

15 Responses to “Man Convicted Of Animal Cruelty Gets Abused Dog Back”

  1. Lynne says:

    This makes me ill.

  2. Lynne says:

    Cases like this are why I’m fine with occasionally breaking the law. I hope someone steals the dog.
    Breaking the law is all that is left when the law is broken. Abolitionists did it.

  3. catmom5 says:

    This is a crime! That judge ought to be hearing from the rest of us. Hope they follow through with the random checks (done often) and take that dog away for good if this guy doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do. This is just unbelievable!!!

  4. nora says:

    The only hope is that China is not dead or more abused before she can be taken from this idiot by legal means or stolen by a concerned party who will make sure China has a safe and loving forever home. The Judge has obviously lost his brain and I am sure alot more unjust and wrong decisions with possible deadly results have been made in the past and will be made in the future by him or her. Poor, poor China. How sickening.

  5. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    Lynne, we’re with you on this one. We fervently hope there are a whole lot of people keeping an eye on this creep.

  6. Gary says:

    It’s stuff like this why I say judges need to held responsible for their decisions. Like those courts that release child predators to have them kill again. If their decision causes another murder, they should be tried for murder.

  7. wescott20 says:

    Exactly, Gary. The problem is that the courts are immune from liability, and as long as this continues, there will always be animal and human victims who will continue to be victimized by the same abusers thanks to these judges’ irresponsible and outrageous decisions. They should be held accountable, and when totally unjust, irresponsible decisions like this are made, they need to be kicked off the bench, and perhaps face criminal charges because by enabling the criminals to continue their actions, they are basically accomplices.

  8. Katie says:

    Exactly Gary and Wescott20. The problem is not only the courts being immune from liability but it becomes near to impossible to rid the courts of bad judges. At election time, voters don’t take the time to educate themselves or look for the info. about the judges decisions, before they say yeh or neh.


  9. alison, upstate NY says:

    I’d like the Judge’s full name and address to contact him - I’d also like to see regionally organized animal lovers picket outside the homes of the judges, or the workplaces (so not as to cause the animal in question further distress) of the abusers..assuming they’re capable of holding down jobs. If any good has come of the Vick situation, it seems to be a more vocal groundswell among animal lovers…we should seize the the opportunity to speak out at every opportunity involving animal cruelty, not least of all to the judges, the abusers, and our so-called representatives at all levels of government.

  10. Beth says:

    Someone needs to distribute flyers in Clark’s neighborhood telling folks to keep an eye on him because he is an animal abuser. He should be kept under a close eye just as if he were a pedophile living in the area.

    I’m also wondering……..if he could not afford to take the dog to a Vet then, how is he going to afford the Vet every 90 days?? Not to mention the fine he has to pay, etc. This is going to leave him strapped & the dog will probably suffer because of it. There are many ways to be cruel to an animal & still have a well fed look about it…….emotional & psychological cruelty come to mind.

    Grrrrrrr………someone should put a noose around his neck & let it grow in & fester, just to see how it feels. Wish I lived there……………….

  11. L.B. says:

    Maybe the guy realized he screwed up big-time… It sounds like he really wanted the dog back… maybe the judge saw/heard/felt something in his personal demeanor that warranted giving the guy a second chance WITH those stipulations and keeping an eye on him. A lot of people are uneducated about pet-care and have no common sense. Hopefully the judge has ensured that the owner will become educated and will gain some common sense! I hope it works out for the dog’s sake.

  12. KAE family says:

    For the sake of China, I hope you’re right L.B. Otherwise, China will be a dead dog soon enough.
    I wish there was a law requiring potential pet owners to take a 101 Pet Care course. They would have to pass it in order to get a certification of completion. Then and only then are they allowed by law to adopt a pet.

  13. Baaboo says:

    Insanity in a black robe !!!

  14. Donna says:

    Judge wrong and stupid presided over this case.He clearly established he is BOTH ! Some one needs to “borrow” china.

  15. Lynn says:

    All of you are too polite, so I’ll say it:


    Yes, I’d be thrilled to picket around his house and chambers.

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