WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A Warren County grand jury indicted a prisoner accused of killing a companion animal in his cell over the summer.
Warren County Correctional inmate Benjamin Holliday is charged and indicted for killing a dog visiting the prison through a program that allowed inmates to help train rescue animals.
Animal rescue Joseph’s Legacy says Holliday killed their dog Evie Aug. 25 while in his prison cell.
The rescue says they partnered with the Warren Correctional Institution for a program that would allow trusted inmates to train rescue animals. The program was also supposed to help prepare the inmates and the animal for a new life with their new skills.
A necropsy showed Evie died from blunt force trauma to her abdomen, causing her liver to hemorrhage, the rescue said. The necropsy also found damage to Evie’s kidney.
The rescue said the program was closely monitored by prison staff, but it appeared no one was around when Evie died. She was found dead in the cell by handlers.
“We got a nasty person if you can even call them a person. And I can’t even believe, you know, I mean she’s an amazing dog... you know, not that it’s ever OK, but Evie? I mean she was so sweet,” President of Joseph’s Legacy Meg Melampy said.
Joseph’s Legacy removed all dogs from the program and said they would not partner with Warren County Correctional Institution again.
Holliday is currently in Madison Correctional Institute.
He is serving a nine-year, 11-month sentence on robbery and burglary charges out of Lucas County.
It’s unknown if Holliday’s transfer had anything to do with Evie’s death.