Otis ClarkLast August, after pleading no contest to animal abuse, in a move that angered a nation, Otis Clarke Jr. regained custody of China, the dog he was convicted on abusing. Now he’s facing animal abuse charges again as it looks like China, the dog he so loved that he refused to surrender, is living a life of neglect, dirty, wet, no food and living outside without a pen, which could be in violation of terms set out by the judge. Clark also failed to license China or take her to a veterinarian, as directed by the court.

China - Abused DogJudge Rob Lyons was highly criticized by animal lovers, advocacy groups and the public in general after he disregarded cries for justice for China and returned China to the home of Otis Clark Jr., 48, in the Butler County village of Somerville.

In March of 2007, China was found wandering the streets of Somerville, OH with a chain embedded in her neck which had to be surgically removed.

“(The wound) was so infected, it cleared the office out,” said Jim Wolfe, a volunteer at the animal shelter. “(The smell) was terrible.”

The probation that Clark received was based on the following; that Clark reimburse Gordon’s agency for China’s care, take China for veterinary checkups every 90 days, have her licensed and not keep her chained up outside. In addition, Lyons ordered Clark ‘to read the book on dog care given to him by the court and remain subject to random home visits by a probation officer.

Animal rights activists outraged by the dog’s return to its owner in August 2007, this week spoke out about the animal’s condition.

“We were really hoping that (Clark) and his family would have given China a good life,” said Animal Friends Humane Society Director Leland Gordon. “Unfortunately, China once again ended up as a lawn ornament.”

Clark is due in court on May 15 to face charges for failing to secure a license or take it for a court-ordered checkup.

A Butler County Dog Warden’s report states the dog, a white shepherd named China, was found in questionable conditions — dirty water, no food and a neck stained from the ink on its collar — after a complaint April 23 .

On Monday, April 28, deputies learned that the dog’s owner may have sold it for $500.

It’s a travesty that China was ever returned to Clark in the first place, now is the time to demand justice!! Demand that Clark be prosecuted! Demand that China be surrendered, wherever she is, to the Humane Society so that she has a chance at a decent life!

If he is found to have violated the terms of his probation, Clark must forfeit the dog and would face up to 180 days in jail.

What can you do?

Contact Butler County Prosecutor Robin Piper
Butler County Government Services Center
315 High Street – 11th Floor
Hamilton, OH 45011
(513) 887-3474

Contact Judge Robert Lyons – the judge to returned China to Otis Clark Jr.
118 High St.
Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: (513) 523-4748

Contact Butler County Humane Society – they found China under these sad conditions
5225 Trenton Road, Trenton, Ohio 45067
(513) 867-5727, info@animalfriendshs.org

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