David Neanover was due in court on Thursday, June 27, 2019, on charges of animal cruelty, which drew protesters against him.

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David Neanover, 36, of Reily Twp., could have faced a felony charge of animal cruelty, but a Butler County grand jury decided earlier this week he will instead face first-degree misdemeanors. Neanover is scheduled to be arraigned on the misdemeanor charges in county Area I Court in Oxford.

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Protesters are expected to be in Oxford for the court appearance.

Lucifer, who became known as “Lou,” later died.

Butler County Sheriff’s Office deputy dog wardens responded to 6165 Main St. in April and found the dog.

The dog was cared for and hospitalized for five days at Animal Care Centers and died several days later.

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 of food for quite some time,” a social media post by the animal shelter read.