State v. Mark Grizer, a case we prosecuted for the Humane Society of Greater Akron was resolved today. Grizer was convicted of two counts of companion animal cruelty for allowing two of his dogs to become emaciated. The animals were found in filthy conditions. Grizer surrendered the dogs, who have been rehabilitated and are both doing well in their new homes.
As a part of the sentence in this case, the Magistrate at the Barberton Municipal Court prohibited Grizer from possessing animals of any kind indefinitely. This means that
Grizer will be unable to possess animals for life, unless the Court orders otherwise at a later date. Grizer must also submit to random inspections for 5 years to make sure that he has no animals. He must also repay the Humane Society for veterinary costs. If he violates the terms of his sentence, Grizer faces up to 90 days in jail, a $100 fine and court costs.