Man charged after dead dog found hanged in empty tractor-trailer

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LORAIN, Ohio -- A man has been charged with a horrific crime after a dog was found hanging from the side of a parked tractor-trailer Saturday.

According to police reports, officers responded to an animal cruelty call in the Euclid Avenue/River Industrial Parkway area just before 11 p.m. Police say John Wayne Daughney took the dog's life and is charged with killing or injuring animals and cruelty to companion animals, which are misdemeanors in Ohio.

When they arrived, officers found a one- to two-year-old Mastiff mix hanging by its choker chain collar from the side of one of the empty parked trailers in the area. The section of the roadway is used primarily to park trailers and is infrequently used by vehicular or pedestrian traffic, according to police.

Police say there were no other signs of injury on the dog, but it was evident it was alive when it was hung.

The dog weighed roughly 130 pounds and was not wearing an ID or dog license.

Daughney makes his first appearance in Lorain Municipal Court early next week.

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