Vermilion man charged under Goddard’s Law, accused of choking dog

VERMILION, Ohio -- Just one week after Goddard's Law went into effect, Vermilion police have used it to charge a suspect.

Police said Raymond Harris was at the home of someone who had a 16-year-old dog. The owner decided to euthanize the animal because of its old age and health issues and was calling veterinarians to find someone to do it humanely.

In the meantime, Harris is accused of taking the dog outside and trying to choke it to death.

When the owner found out, he called police.

The dog, which was found unconscious and barely breathing, was later put to sleep.

Harris pleaded not guilty.

Goddard's law makes it a fifth degree felony to cause serious physical harm to a companion animal.