Thursday, June 13, 2002

Man who cut off dogs' tails given jail

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BATAVIA — The Stonelick Township man who cut off the tails of four puppies in March was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail, fined $300, ordered to do community service and cannot own dogs for four years.

        A Clermont County municipal judge found George Goodin, 54, guilty of animal cruelty and failing to obtain a dog license.

        As part of Mr. Goodin's probation for four years, he cannot own or keep any domestic animals, including dogs and cats.

        The five puppies, Labrador retriever mix, that Mr. Goodin owned — including one that did not lose its tail — have all found permanent homes, said Roncy Roehm, of the Eastgate Animal Hospital in Union Township.

        Mr. Goodin had told people who adopted three of the puppies that he cut off their tails because the tails were knocking things off a table at his house.

        Judge Shriver ordered Mr. Shriver to do 30 hours of community service once he finishes his jail term. Mr. Goodin is serving his sentence at the Clermont County Jail.


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