Christopher Taylor, 21, has been accused of throwing his dog off of a cliff at Cascade Park in Elyria, Ohio, on Dec. 29. The dog survived the initial fall and crawled back to his owner, limping, but Taylor allegedly threw the dog a second time, presumably killing the animal, Cleveland.com reported.
Taylor lives with his family and after the charges of animal cruelty and animal abandonment were handed down, his mother surrendered their two other dogs to the Friendship Animal Protective League, Cleveland.com reported in a separate story.
"The dogs are in very good health, very friendly and social," said Friendship APL Executive Director Gregory Willey. "Clearly, the mother took care of these dogs, allowed them to live in the house.”
The two dogs are described as brown and white pit bull and boxer mixed breeds that weigh around 40 pounds each. The surrendered dogs were similar to the one Taylor is accused of throwing off a cliff.
The body of the dog thrown off the cliff has not been recovered and authorities believe it was washed away by the Black River.
“It's a strange thing that a kid would grow up in this house where dogs were treated so well and then do what he was charged with," Willey said. "We are glad that the dogs, Diamond and Onyx, are out of the house and safe. They will be put up for adoption after evaluation.”
Taylor is out on bail, but 24-year-old Joshua Novak is being held in Lorain County Jail. Novak, was originally considered a witness, but after he stopped cooperating with investigators, he was charged with cruelty to animals, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and abandoning animals.