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HAMILTON, Ohio - Dozens of animal rights supporters are expected to once again protest outside a Hamilton courthouse Monday during an animal cruelty hearing.
Elizabeth Lewis is charged with animal cruelty in the death of her dog and will be back in front of a judge Monday.
Last time the 19-year-old was in court, she had a police escort. Her case is gaining national attention and dozens of protestors locally.
In February, her pit bull, Bruiser, was found emaciated. The dog warden ordered Bruiser be euthanized to end his suffering.
Lewis plead not guilty to charges of cruelty to a companion animal and failure to license a dog. If found guilty, she faces 180 days in a jail and a $1,000 fine.
Lewis previously faced an animal cruelty charge for the alleged mistreatment of Bruiser. The dog was taken to an animal shelter in August. He weighed 17 pounds and appeared to be malnourished. She was found not guilty of the first charge after a bench trial.
Animal rights supporters have created a Facebook page in memory of the pitbull, called "Justice For Bruiser." The group behind the page will start gathering outside Hamilton Municipal Court Monday at 11 a.m.
Lewis has a hearing Monday at 1 p.m. in Hamilton Municipal Court.
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