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Justice for dog killer in Zanesville, Ohio

July 1, 2012

Please send letter requesting greatest penalty be administered; you may use the sample letter, but please modify so she receives a variety, thank you.


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.


Emily Strang Tarbert
Assistant Law Director
City of Zanesville
825 Adair Avenue
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
740-455-3360  (fax)


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!


Zanesville Municipal Court
P.O. BOX 566
Zanesville, Ohio 43701

Prosecutor Emily Tarbert
PHONE: 740-455-3350
FAX: 740-455-3360

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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
Are obligated!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


32 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2012 2:09 pm

    Im outraged that this has happened! Ive written an email to prosecutor Talbert, and written a letter to be mailed as well! Please write yours, together we can mae a difference, the more that write her the more attention that will be called to this!


  2. July 1, 2012 2:51 pm

    Thank you Hand4Paws…Nitro Foundation will also be holding a rally at the court – More info to follow…


  3. deborah hansen permalink
    July 1, 2012 4:06 pm

    that is a horrible thing to do to an innocent animal not to mention that is a dangerous individual who could do such a act of violence


  4. July 1, 2012 4:59 pm

    Cruelty MUST NOT be tolerated,
    To this end man and his laws
    Are obligated!!


  5. Maria Israel permalink
    July 1, 2012 7:12 pm

    Animal cruelty in any form deserve max sentencing and should be a felony!!! Animals are the most loyal and gentle spirits around!! It just makes me literally sick when I hear about stories like this one.


  6. William A Thorman Jr permalink
    July 1, 2012 10:33 pm

    I just sent an Email adding another voice for the proper consequences being applied to this horrible action. I hope the outcry will be significant.


  7. Linda Fleming permalink
    July 2, 2012 8:26 am

    Lawmakers…WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!! This could have easily been a child. Companion animals killed and abused horrifically and people are not punished!!! THIS HAS to STOP! Make an example out of this psycho and give him the MAX!


    • Shabana Aziz permalink
      July 2, 2012 12:03 pm

      I agree 100%!!! What these monsters get away with in this country is DISGUSTING!!! There needs to be harsher punishment!


  8. July 2, 2012 9:31 am

    This criminal should be carefully investigated. If he killed a dog to call the attention he has probably abused other animals and most likely humans. What about the owner, the least is to also acuse him of destroying “property” if this will increase the filnancial penalty and
    time in jail.


  9. July 2, 2012 9:32 am

    Next time the police in called in connection to this criminal it will be due to half beating the girlfriend, stabbing or actually killing a child or shooting an elderly ‘TO CALL THE ATTENTION.”


    • July 2, 2012 3:27 pm

      Their crimes always escalate, you are 100% accurate, thanks, Macias.


  10. Sharon permalink
    July 2, 2012 11:59 am

    Can the prosecutor add a charge like terroristic threats because his behavior was intended to terrorize his girlfriend? Maybe something like that would add time to his sentence?


    • July 2, 2012 3:26 pm

      Excellent question, Sharon, I never thought of that, but it wouldn’t hurt to include that in your letter. Thank you!


  11. deborah wellborn permalink
    July 2, 2012 12:06 pm

    He needs to get the maximum sentence(which is way too short!) for this horrific crime….the justice system needs a serious overhauling when it comes to animal cruelty laws – no one pays attention to these crimes until the criminal gets arrested(which they will) later on down the line after assaulting or murdering a human(could have been prevented if they had done something at the time of the animal attack). Don’t wait to prosecute this man to the fullest!!!


    • July 2, 2012 3:25 pm

      Serial killers almost always have a history of animal abuse; it does need to be addressed much more severely and seriously. Thanks, Deborah.


  12. July 2, 2012 12:30 pm

    I am mad as hell, this is happening to many times, in one way or another, and it is high time, that our precious animals have their rights upheld, this magot needs too be hung, for my part throw the book at him, this has too have very stiff penalities or we will never get justice for the animals, i am using my voice for the justice of that sweet dog, make sure that you [enalize him to the fullest extent of the law. please.


    • July 2, 2012 3:12 pm

      Thank you, Elizabeth, I hope he gets the book thrown at him, too. I did get a response, though, that indicated the prosecutor does not take kindly to animal abuse, so that is a positive!


  13. Joanne Grybosh permalink
    July 2, 2012 1:46 pm

    This is appalling. What is happening to our judicial system if they do not hold people responsible for their actions??? This cruel and intentional act needs to be punished to the fullest extent allowable by law….and then some.


  14. Maryann permalink
    July 2, 2012 2:14 pm

    Ill defintely be there at the court house that day and as for Z-ville he will probably get off with a slap on the wrists because these POS here dont give a damm about animals look what the sheriifs dept. did safari hunting those poor animals a few months back!
    we really need to get alot of people there for it to make any difference and get some major media involvement!


  15. Fairy Dogmother permalink
    July 2, 2012 4:31 pm

    Thank you Stacey! Is there a FAX number for the Prosecutor? I learned that FAXES are more effective cause they are kept on file for 7 years and not discarded. Thanks!


    • July 2, 2012 9:19 pm

      Faxes are far more effective, and I got one from the correspondence she sent this morning: 740-455-3360. If you go to, you can fax up to five times per day for free. It’s a great service.


  16. Vicki Lloyd-Smith permalink
    July 3, 2012 5:28 am

    Animal cruelty never ends! It is almost always committed EXTREMELY INSECURE MEN!
    I hope and pray this bastard has a horrible and short life for what he did to this poor innocent dog! THAT’S KARMA and boy, I sure hope it works on you, you piece of scum Justin Smith


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