Matthew McCullough, 20, will remain free on a personal recognizance bond. The case has been assigned to Judge Amy Corrigall Jones.
McCullough recently was indicted by a Summit County grand jury on a charge of cruelty against a companion animal, a fifth-degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail.
McCullough was the first person in Summit County charged under Dick Goddard’s law, a law named for the retired WJW (Channel 8) weatherman that went into effect in September. The law made it a felony, rather than a misdemeanor, to harm a companion animal.
(Akron Beacon Journal - March 31, 2017)