Grand jury to hear case of protested owner who allegedly starved dog

David Neanover, 36, Reily Twp., was charged with cruelty to a companion animal after anonymous complaints came in about an emaciated dog, said Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones. SUBMITTED PHOTO

A Butler County grand jury will now consider the case of a man facing a felony charge of animal cruelty after his dog was found severely emaciated with open wounds and later died.

David Neanover, 36, of Reily Twp. waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in county Area I Court, and the case was automatically bound over to a grand jury by Judge Robert Lyons.

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Protesters have been vocal in social media and outside the Oxford courthouse for Neanover’s court appearances.

Protesters appeared outside an Oxford courthouse on Thursday, May 2, 2019, for a man's court appearance on animal cruelty charges after an emaciated dog's death. RICK McCRABB / STAFF

Last week, Neanover’s bond was set at $25,000 after the charge was increased from a misdemeanor to a fifth-degree felony after the dog named Lou died.

Neanover was taken into custody, but he has posted bond.

Butler County Sheriff’s Office dog wardens responded to 6165 Main St. last month and found the dog, according to Sheriff Richard Jones.

The dog was cared for and hospitalized for five days at Animal Care Centers. The dog, named Lucifer, was called Lou by those who tried to save him, but he died several days later.

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The medical staff was surprised when X-rays showed rocks in the dog’s stomach. He lived his life on a very short chain and was “deprived food for quite some time,” a social media post by the animal shelter read.

Anyone who knows of an animal in Butler County that’s being neglected or abused can make an anonymous report by texting ‘COPS’ and your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

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