GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio – Wednesday’s rain didn’t stop protesters from standing outside Garfield Heights Municipal Court.
They were there because of Little Girl.
The boxer, who was believed to be four or five years old, died last month after she was found in a snowstorm.
"So many people, so many resources and money and everything went into trying to save the dog, and sadly, it didn't happen,” said Debbie Smith who helped organize the peaceful protest.
Little Girl’s owner, 43-year-old Navada Williams, has since been charged with one count of animal cruelty, one count of animal abandonment, two counts for failure to get a dog registration and one count of filing a false report.
She pleaded not guilty to all of them.
"The pictures and story of Little Girl touched everyone's heart; to see a dog starved like that, there's no excuse for it. How hard is it to feed a dog a bowl of food,” said Smith.
She said they planned the protest for Wednesday because they knew Williams would be in court for her pre-trial hearing, which ended up getting postponed because she still needed a public defender.
After Williams left the courtroom, FOX 8 asked her for a comment, but she declined.
As for the animal advocates, they say their work is far from over. They not only want justice for Little Girl, but strong animal abuse laws too.
"I'm also fighting for Goddard’s Law to make the cruelty charges stronger. There's just too much animal abuse in this state and we don't have strong enough laws to help prevent it,” said protester Cheryl Tyson.
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