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Judge to dog killer: Dress up like a dog

December 17th, 2006, 12:03 AM
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A man who shot his Great Dane in the head is allowed to reduce his sentence by dressing up as a dog. Municipal Judge Michael Cicconetti, known for his creative sentences for low-level crimes, offered to cut Robert M. Clark's sentence Thursday to 10 days in jail if he wears a Safety Pup costume and visits the five elementary schools in Painesville, about 30 miles northeast of Cleveland.

The mascot educates children about issues ranging from traffic safety to drug abuse.

Clark, 38, who lives outside the city, pleaded no contest to an animal cruelty charge and was sentenced to 180 days in jail for shooting his dog Bill.

Cicconetti suspended all but 30 days of Clark's sentence if he pays the Lake County Human Society for the dog's veterinarian bills. Then the judge offered to cut an additional 20 days if Clark dresses up as Safety Pup.

He was arrested July 3 after neighbors reported hearing the dog's cries and police found the injured animal. The humane society took the dog to an emergency veterinary clinic, but he suffered brain damage and had to be euthanized, the group said.

Clark is appealing the sentence, court officials said Friday.

Other sentences by Cicconetti include making speeding motorists work as crossing guards and ordering a couple who vandalized a baby Jesus statue to lead a donkey through the city's streets.

December 17th, 2006, 12:54 AM
hmm... not sure if that makes me angry or upset...:o

December 17th, 2006, 12:57 AM
It makes me angry... how is educating kids dressed like a dog about traffic safety and drug abuse serve as justice for shooting a dog? It doesnt make any sence.

As far as the couple who have to lead a donkey through the city.... wont that just scare the donkey? I think the judge has to think up better punishments and leave animals out of it.

December 17th, 2006, 04:00 AM
It makes me angry :mad: and upset :sad: .....that sentence is totally absurd. :frustrated: