Lucifer, who become known as “Lou,” died after he was found severely emaciated with open wounds. His owner, David Neanover, 36, of Reily Twp., faces first-degree misdemeanors. SUBMITTED

Hearing for Butler County man charged with animal cruelty continued

The suppression hearing for David Neanover, 36, of Reily Twp., was scheduled for Thursday in Butler County Area I Court, but it was continued until Dec. 12, according to court records. This was the third time the hearing was postponed, according to records.

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Judge Robert Lyons is scheduled to make a decision regarding the suppression of evidence at 10 a.m. Dec. 12.

Neanover could have faced a felony charge of animal cruelty, but a Butler County grand jury decided he will face first-degree misdemeanors. He was accused of animal cruelty after his dog was found severely emaciated with open wounds and later died.

The case has caused protests during Neanover’s court appearances by those outraged about what happened to the dog, Lucifer, who become known as “Lou.”

Butler County Sheriff’s Office dog wardens responded to 6165 Main St. in April 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 died several days later.

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