Hamilton man caught on camera beating dog

A Hamilton man was caught on camera beating a dog and issued a misdemeanor citation for animal cruelty. (Butler County Sheriff's Office)

HAMILTON, Ohio (WKRC) - A Hamilton man was caught on camera beating a dog and issued a misdemeanor citation for animal cruelty.

Kristopher Johnson, 21, was observed beating the animal with a thick leash rope.

He is scheduled to appear at the Hamilton Municipal Court on Thursday February 15th.

The incident was recorded by an anonymous citizen and given to the authorities.

"It’s a shame a crime like this doesn’t fit the felony statute. People like this deserve far worse punishments for their abusive actions. It takes a real weak person to abuse a defenseless animal and it disgusts anyone who is a normal human being," Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said.

The pit bull named Zeus was immediately removed from the home by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Dog Wardens.

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