Elyria man faces animal abuse charges after allegedly punching, trying to drown dog

ELYRIA, Ohio — An Elyria man faces several charges after being accused of beating and trying to drown a dog.

“That takes a really sick person to do that,” said Crystal Mills, with the animal rescue group S&C Rescued Me.

Elyria police released details of the violent attack Thursday.

According to police reports, officers were called to a home in the 800 block of South Logan Street at just before 1 a.m. on July 3. According to reports, the suspect, John P. Glover II, 37, appeared to be highly intoxicated and was slurring his words.

Glover’s father told police he’d been drinking all day and was became increasingly agitated about the dog that was in the household. He said his son eventually approached the dog, which weighed 10 to 15 pounds, picked it up by its neck and punched it with a closed fist.

He eventually put the dog down, reports state, and it ran underneath a couch in the living room. Glover reached under the couch, and “in an act of self-defense” bit Glover on his left hand. He then pulled the dog from under the couch and took it into the bathroom. That’s when the father called the police, reports state.

When officers arrived, they found the dog lying in the shower under the cold water exhibiting shallow breathing. It also had what appeared to be a cut on its head. They told the father to dry the dog and possibly contact a veterinarian.

“My heart breaks for the dog,” said Mills, “To go after the dog again and pull it out and to continue to go back for more, I don’t know, that is just not right to me.”

Glover was taken to the Lorain County Jail. He faces charges of prohibitions concerning companion animals and because he allegedly threatened his father during the incident, domestic violence.

Goddard’s Law, named after legendary retired FOX 8 Meteorologist Dick Goddard makes animal cruelty a 5th-degree felony in Ohio.

Mills and many in the community believe Glover needs help, but also want him to be held accountable.

“This man clearly intended to hurt this dog he was not holding back he deserves the maximum,” said Mills.

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