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Cassandra Smith of Spencerville will serve 25 days in jail, be placed on probation for two years, and complete 40 hours of community service. She pleaded no contest to a charge of cruelty to companion animals and was found guilty. On July 3, a female black lab was brought to Kessen Veterinary Clinic in Delphos. Although the dog’s name was Sidney, she came to be known as Daisy Mae in her time at the clinic. Daisy Mae weighed 33 pounds and had no muscle. Staff at the clinic tried saving her, but she was euthanized nine days later.
A protest sparked by animal cruelty charges took place outside the Van Wert Court House on Thursday. Kirsten Barnhart organized the protest for her step-brother’s dog, Carl. It’s alleged, Elisha “Jake” Secrist, took Carl from inside the home, tied him up and beat him over the head with a rock. Secrist has been charged with cruelty to companion animals, a fifth degree felony or the lowest form of a felony.
Animal lovers and pet owners gathered in front of the Lima Municipal Court to protest and speak up for those neglected by their owners.