Killing a dog is cold. But this takes it to a whole other level. He deserves whatever he gets.
Michael Chedester is the first person charged in the county under a new law that makes certain animal cruelty acts felonies. He shot and killed a pair of dogs on his hunting property last November.
The state acted quickly in charging Chedester with two felonies — the highest available under law – and, ultimately he was handed a 6-month jail sentence, 3 years’ probation, and 500 hours of community service, or the choice of a $5,000 donation to the Belmont County Animal Shelter.
…Chedester also shelled out $2,200 in restitution for the animals and a substantial fine.
Judge John Vavra told the court that although Ohio has upgraded some animal cruelty crimes to felonies under Goddard’s Law, the legislation is lacking teeth.
“What he was charged with was as high as we could charge, that’s a fifth degree felony,” Fry said. — Fox
Pete Byers says he was preparing to take his dogs and his tools on a work trip to Pittsburgh when his two beloved companions, Bella and Emmy, disappeared.
…Byers says hunters reported hearing shots and a dog yelp, but eventually a trail of tracks allegedly led to Michael Chedester’s tree stand 800 yards away.
“I asked him, did you kill my dogs man, I want to know so I can bury them. Meanwhile he keeps eyeing this new brush pile. That’s new and fresh,” Byers said. “Then he kind of looks down his nose at me and says ‘yeah, I killed your dogs. You want me to buy you two new ones? I’ll buy you two new dogs.”
“I asked him where are they and he looks at me like I’m confused and he points right there to my brush pile. And there’s Emmy’s paw, sticking out from the logs,” Byers said.
So, what do you think of the sentence?