TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – Former dog warden employee Aaron Nova was cleared of animal cruelty charges Tuesday.
Nova was originally charged after a video surfaced of a dog in his care being handled inappropriately. The video appeared to show Nova handling the dog Marbles by his neck, slamming him against a metal fence, and then throwing him into a cage.
The dog warden said that Marbles didn't sustain any injuries, and Nova was acquitted due to a lack of evidence to show abuse. He did, however, lose his job, and the warden said the actions in the video were unacceptable.
Protestors gathered outside the courthouse Tuesday to represent Marbles and other victims of animal cruelty. They are asking for stiffer penalties against abusers.
"If you abuse an animal in the state of Ohio, the most you can get is six months in prison and a small fine," said activist Linda Goldstein-Wolf. "They need to be able to make it a felony."
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