“WTF…so now you can starve you’re dogs, not get prosecuted & have dogs returned..obviously the judge isn’t an animal lover!!”

BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio

An animal cruelty case against a Belmont County man was dismissed before his trial started on Tuesday.

Joseph Schaeffer and his wife, Sherry Schaeffer, were accused of starving a 2-year-old Doberman at their Holloway home in March. The dog was nursed back to health by humane officers. 

A Northern Court judge dismissed the case against Joseph Schaeffer without prejudice.

Sherry Schaeffer was also in court and pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty.

Three dogs will be returned to them, and one dog will stay at an animal shelter. Court officials said Joseph Schaeffer must not violate the terms set to ensure the welfare of the dogs.

News Link:-http://www.wtov9.com/news/news/animal-cruelty-case-dismissed-against-belmont-co-m/nYT9Z/