Justice for dog killer in Zanesville, Ohio
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UPDATE | JULY 2
Dear Concerned Citizen,
Thank you for your email regarding Defendant Justin Young. I will share your email with Judge Joseph at the time of sentencing in this matter.
I consider animal cruelty to be one of the more abhorrent crimes committed in our society. Mr. Young will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Thank you for giving a voice to this vulnerable victim.
A Zanesville man, who allegedly cut the throat of a dog Tuesday to get his girlfriend’s attention, is facing misdemeanor charges including cruelty to a companion animal.
Justin C. Smith, 32, could face 180 days in jail for the incident that occurred just before 7 p.m. in the 300 block of Luck Avenue.
Smith appeared Wednesday in front of Judge William Joseph in Muskingum County Municipal Court and pleaded not guilty to one count of cruelty to a companion animal and one count of resisting arrest, court records show. He remains in jail on a $1,500 cash or surety bond.
If found guilty, Smith faces up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine on the cruelty charge and 90 days in jail and a $750 fine on the resisting charge. He is scheduled to have a hearing July 10.
Zanesville police initially were called to Luck Avenue to investigate a report of a woman covered in blood, Sgt. Jim DeVoll said.
When DeVoll arrived, he found not only a woman covered in blood, but a small dog with its throat cut.
DeVoll said Smith told him he had cut the dog’s throat because “I could.” Smith then asked him to shoot the dog to “put it out of its misery,” DeVoll said.
DeVoll said Smith told him he wanted to get his girlfriend’s attention, so he took the dog, which weighed about 20 pounds, to the yard and slit its throat with a utility knife.
“The dog was bleeding everywhere and was barely alive,” DeVoll said.
DeVoll said he had to wrestle Smith to the ground to place him under arrest. When Lt. Chris Rice arrived at the scene, DeVoll had Smith under arrest and police took him to the Zanesville City Jail.
The dog had died by the time police were able to arrest Smith.
According to Zanesville Court records, Smith has been arrested before. In 2011, Smith was arrested and charged with criminal damaging, criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.
He was arrested in January on a charge of disorderly conduct and was ordered to attend three AA meetings per week. He is scheduled for a hearing for that case Sept. 6.
On June 27, 2012 Justin C. Smith of 329 Luck Ave Zanesville, Oh was arrested for the following:
Resisting Arrest: Case #CRB1200944B 2nd Degree Misdemeanor Plead not guilty
Animal Cruelty: Case #CRB1200944A 1st Degree Misdemeanor Plead not guilty
He is currently in jail and his bond is $1500.00 cash/or surety He has an extensive criminal record!
He faces 180 days in jail and $1000.00 fine for the animal cruelty charge.
Please email/call/write the prosecutor DEMANDING he gets sentenced to the maximum!! Let them know that we are sick to death of innocent animals being killed due to Domestic Violence and any disputes!! Make an example out of him!
He returns to court on Tuesday, JULY 10, 2012. That is plenty of time to FLOOD the court with mail and calls!
WHOM TO CONTACT
Zanesville Municipal Court
332 SOUTH ST
P.O. BOX 566
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
Prosecutor Emily Tarbert
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RE: Case #CRB1200944B
RE: Case #CRB1200944A
Dear Prosecutor Tarbert,
I have learned of an extremely disturbing and malicious case of animal cruelty in which Justin C. Smith/Young deliberately caused the suffering and death of a dog. This alleged incident occurred on Tuesday, June 26, and I am writing to request you impose the maximum sentence.
When I try to imagine what possible motive animal abusers entertain for subjecting their animal victims to such malicious, heinous acts of brutality, I fail, but I am thankful for a lack of cognitive understanding and rationalization. To voluntarily engage in such malicious behaviour suggests sadistic tendencies, and Mr. Young’s actions, causing unmitigated pain and suffering, demonstrates his incontrovertible lack of morality regarding other living beings and a gross disrespect for the law. In fact, a person who shows such a remarkable lack of compassion towards non-human animals has the ability to show such indifference towards human animals. This link between animal and human abuse has been established, and if we excuse Mr. Young’s criminal behaviour, of which he has an extensive history, or agree to a lesser punishment, we only harm ourselves by unjustly nullifying cruelty as acceptable behaviour.
Please respect the victim by penalizing the guilty and demonstrate your commitment to justice, responsibility, and integrity, attributes unquestionably necessary in an law enforcement setting: rejecting cruelty by maintaining an unyielding position towards it would be a model for all community members and would serve to characterize this type of behaviour as both impermissible and punishable.
I know your time is limited and I thank you for your attention to this urgent issue.
Cruelty MUST NOT be tolerated,
To this end man and his laws
Karen Lyons Kalmenson