Walkers Honor Stabbed Dog, Push for Stronger Laws

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AMERST, Ohio — Animal lovers and their four-legged companions gathered for a walk in Amherst Sunday in honor of a dog who was stabbed to death in her own yard.

Maya, a Chow Shepard mix, will killed last Sunday morning. Gerald Miller, 43, faces a misdemeanor cruelty to companion animals charge in the case.

“It’s brought us to become aware that the laws are not as strict as they could be for animal rights,” said Maya’s owner, Jean Danicki. “And something so tragic; our dog was killed in our own front yard, and something needs to be done about it.”

Walkers on Sunday also carried signs pushing for harsher animal cruelty laws in Ohio.

“These abusers…may think a little harder (with a felony),” said walker Terri Conklin. “Some may not care, some may. But it’s time to put a stop to it.”

The walk was held by the Lorain Pooch Patrol, which hosts frequent walks in animal abuse cases.

“The voices are not going to go away now,” said Conklin. “The voices are here, we’re here to stay for these animals who don’t have a voice. There’s enough abuse going on. We need to put a stop to it.”

Miller’s next appearance in Oberlin Municipal Court is set for Tuesday.

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