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OXFORD, Ohio — A judge on Thursday upgraded charges for a man accused of leaving an “emaciated dog” tethered to a porch.
David Neanover, 36, of Reily Township, was charged with cruelty to a companion animal on April 23, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said.
Butler County dog wardens responded to 6165 Main St. and found the dog with “severe open wounds and obviously starved.” The dog died five days after officials seized him.
Neanover faced a heated crowd as he showed up to court Thursday. Activists like Katherine Hartong stood outside the courthouse with signs that read, “Justice for Lou” and “Be Lou’s Voice, End Abuse.”
“I want this guy to serve some actual jail time,” Hartong said.
Neanover is being held on a $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. on May 9.