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Protestors demand justice as two men accused of throwing dog off cliff appear in court

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ELYRIA, Ohio - Two men were in court Thursday on charges after they allegedly threw a dog of a cliff in late December.

Christopher Taylor, 21, was arraigned on an animal cruelty charge and abandoning an animal, both misdemeanors. Joshua Novak, 24, was arraigned on an animal cruelty charge, which carries a maximum 1,000 dollar fine.

About two dozen protestors were outside the court before the arraignments. They say the dog deserves justice and are upset that animal cruelty charges in Ohio are not tough enough.

Both men plead not guilty. Police say they believe Taylor was the one who threw the dog.

Back in late December, Lorain County Metroparks Rangers responded to a call from a witness that said two men had thrown a dog off of a cliff.

The injured dog was able to crawl out of the water, but witnesses say the men picked it up and did it again.

Once officers arrived on the scene, the dog was unable to be found and is presumed to be dead.