First person charged under Goddard’s Law in Geauga County sentenced

CHARDON, Ohio --  A man who was the first person to be charged under Goddard's Law in Geauga County, is being sentenced.

Authorities say Chester Township resident, Dennis Dudich, shot his neighbor's bulldog, Zoey, in another neighbor's yard back in January.

Zoey's owner, Peggy Yagour, spoke in court on Monday. "I really am heartbroken and devastated." Zoey had to be put down after the shooting.

Dennis Dudich

Dudich was charged with with animal cruelty and discharging a firearm in a prohibited area.

He originally pleaded not guilty to the charges; then, pleaded no contest to cruelty to a companion animal, which is a felony 5. He was found guilty.

He apologized before he was sentenced. "I truly am sorry for everything."

Dudich was sentenced to 60 days in jail beginning in October, which was recommended by the prosecutor.

The judge ordered restitution be paid at just over $1,700. Dudich will also be under community control for five years; he must have no contact with the Yagour family. As a convicted felon, he is not allowed to own or have firearms in his possession.

**Continuing coverage on Goddard's Law**