Ohioans in animal cruelty case plead no contest

Two people charged with more than 200 counts of animal cruelty after a raid on their dog-breeding business have pleaded no contest to single charges.
Associated Press
Dec 18, 2012


Sidney's municipal prosecutor says 51-year-old Rhonda Auton and 55-year-old Dave Auton, both of Maplewood, each pleaded no contest Monday to one count of cruelty to animals. Prosecutor Jeff Amick says the couple's 29-year-old son, Adam Auton, pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge.

Amick says the agreement prohibits the Autons from involvement in dog breeding.

Their attorney didn't immediately return calls.

The elder Autons could receive up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine. The son could get up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.

Authorities say they found dogs in poor health and in unfit kennels.



Phil Packer

They would be "no contest" for 3 or 4 guys with baseball bats...


90 days? $750? And that's the MAXIMUM? These people systemically tortured living, breathing creatures. When is Ohio going to catch up and put some real teeth in its animal cruelty laws?

People have been trying to get the legislature to take appropriate action, but in recent days the latest attempt failed. Please tell me what kind of lawmaker WOULDN'T get behind a law that would involve punishment more commensurate with the crime committed? The kind of man or woman with so little compassion or empathy is most assuredly NOT the kind of man or woman we ought to trust representing human beings!


Thank our beloved senators~this type of behavior will continue and get worse because our Senators just don't give a $%it when it comes to the helpless. PITIFUL! Ohio is PITIFUL!


Agree with all the above! I hope they get the max, as little as it is. Ohio has to get real with animal abuse and neglect.