Case dropped against men accused of throwing dog off Elyria cliff

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Christopher Taylor, left. Joshua Novak, right.

ELYRIA, Ohio– The case against two men accused of throwing a dog off a cliff in Elyria has been dropped.

Christopher Taylor, 21, and Joshua Novak, 24, were charged with animal cruelty and abandoning an animal. According to Elyria Municipal Court officials, charges were dropped because a key witness left town without a forwarding address.

A witness called Lorain County Metro Parks Rangers in December after seeing two men throw a dog from a cliff in Cascade Park. The animal crawled back only to be thrown again.

Park authorities did not find the dog and it was presumed dead.

Protesters gathered at Taylor and Novak’s arraignment, demanding justice and criticizing Ohio’s animal abuse laws.

On Wednesday, the state Senate passed House Bill 60, known as Goddard’s Law, to make it a fifth-degree felony to cause serious physical harm to a companion animal. The bill still needs Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s signature.

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