2 convicted in Butler County dog abuse case

2 convicted in Butler County dog abuse case

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Two people in Hamilton will serve jail time after a dog was left without food for three weeks and found dead in a dumpster.

Katie Schmuck, 21, pleaded guilty to a charge of cruelty to a companion animal and was sentenced 60 days in jail. Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Daniel Gattermeyer found Jacob Goodwin, 21, guilty of cruelty to a companion animal and sentenced him to 120 days.

A Butler County Sheriff Deputy dog warden on Feb. 5 responded to the 3200 block of Reflections Point in Hamilton for report of a deceased canine left inside a cage in a dumpster, according to Sheriff Richard Jones.

Officials said the dog was initially discovered when a resident was taking out the trash.

"The dog had a collar and a tag with a phone number that led us to the owner, Katie Schmuck," stated Kurt Merbs, deputy dog warden supervisor, in a release.

Schmuck admitted leaving the dog in the care of her friend, Goodwin, while she was gone for a week.

Goodwin told the deputy dog warden he checked on the dog approximately three times but never let it out of his cage, according to a release. He and Schmuck admitted that the dog didn't eat for about three weeks.

Goodwin told officials he found the dog dead on the third visit to Schmuck's home.

"He took the dog, dead in the cage, across the street to a dumpster and disposed of it like common trash. The photos are just gruesome," said Sheriff Jones.

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