DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton couple pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges in court this morning as protesters outside advocated for animal rights. Investigators say the couple’s dog died from complications of starvation last month.
2 NEWS reporter Jordan Bowen has the court appearance and what animal advocates are saying.
Protestors gathered outside the courtroom this morning to show their support for Lazarus and voice their opinions on the two people who are charged in his death.
Ronald and Mary Kincer are both facing animal cruelty charges. Lazarus was found abandoned back in September by officials with the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, but by that time it was too late.
A short time later he died from severe dehydration and malnutrition. Now, protesters say they want justice for Lazarus.
“We are rallying here today to help folks understand that animal welfare is an important part of our community,” Protester Donna Becker said. “When violence happens to dogs like it did Lazarus we need to speak out about it. It needs to become part of the community’s conversation.”
Richard Kincer faces a maximum penalty of nearly one year in jail. Mark Kincer is facing a maximum penalty of 21 months behind bars. Both could also face additional fines.