Ohio Judge Sentences Animal Abusers To A Taste Of Their Own MedicineAndrea Powell
Judge Michael Cicconetti, from Painsville, Ohio, is an animal lover who has become well known for the creative sentences he hands out to animal abusers. He has found that a taste of their own medicine is just what they need.
His love for animals started when he was a young boy, with a sweet dachshund mix named Herman. That dog was his best friend and the beginning of a lifetime love for dogs. Now he enjoys the company of his Bernese mountain dog, Kasey.
Early on in his career, Judge Mike noticed that there were a lot of animal abuse and neglect cases with repeat offenders. Initially, he sentenced them to jail time and a fine, but that did not seem to solve the problem. So he came up with a sentence that fit the crime.
Judge Mike has to stay within the parameters of the law, but feels that a little discomfort and embarrassment will teach animal abusers a just and fair lesson. He feels that there needs to be more education on animal care, and a course needs to be a requirement for anyone who abuses or neglects animals, similar to how drunk drivers often have to take a course.