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Puppy Doing Time Until Abuse Case Resolved

Updated: Tuesday, November 19 2013, 12:48 AM EST
EAST PRICE HILL, Ohio (Deb Dixon) -- Three months ago Local 12 told you about an animal cruelty case where the witnesses saw a puppy slammed to the ground.

The witnesses are two police officers who arrested the owner right in front of the police station. Monday the suspect was in court again and again, the case is not resolved.

The only one doing time though is the puppy who was two months old last August.  Local 12 News reporter Deborah Dixon went from court to his cage at the SPCA.

The puppy named Trooper was comforted inside the district three police station after officers say they saw his owner throw him to the ground right outside.

Miles Howard was arrested for cruelty to animals after telling police he can treat his own dog anyway he wants.  The SPCA treated Trooper's scrape under his chin, and that's where he's been ever since.

Trooper meet with Local 12s Deb Dixon on Monday and she found him a little bigger, but still all puppy. 

The boxer/ german shepherd mix is being held, doing time if you will, as the justice system creeps along.  Trooper is part of the court system evidence so nothing can happen until that has been resolved.

We're holding him, trying to make his stay as pleasant as possible..but he's missing..missing out, he's five months old, he's a puppy who needs to find a home as soon as possible.

Why so long for a misdemeanor crime? 

It took time for the prosecution to turn over all the documents Howards attorney wanted.  Then it took another month for tests to find out if Howard is competent to stand trial.

He is, and was, ready for a jury trial Monday; but it was the prosecutor who asked for more time to get someone from the SPCA in court to testify.

But Trooper can't have a home yet either. Maximum penalty for Howard is 180 days, Trooper's already served half that time in a cage.  Now he has to go back because he is evidence, he can't have any other dogs with him.

Trooper is in isolation. 

To some it may seem the four legged victim is the one being punished.

The next hearing is January 13th. Trooper will be 7-months old.

Watch video HEREPuppy Doing Time Until Abuse Case Resolved

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