Last hunting season we reported on a story out of Perry County, Ohio. John Barr killed two hunting dogs belonging to Chad Crane. Crane taped the confrontation with Barr. That tape along with other evidence led to the conviction of Barr. Jurors found him guilty of two felonies, cruelty to companion animals. He is now awaiting sentencing.
Chad Crane posted the following to his Facebook Page this past week.
On Thursday June 7, twelve local jurors found John Barr guilty of 2 felonies, cruelty to companion animals, thanks to the Goddard law.
John Barr tried to claim self defense. He claimed my dogs attacked him, and chased him up a tree stand, where they continued to bark at him, until he shot both dogs in the head twice.
Sentencing hearing is set for July 3, @ 2:45
I have many people to thank for ensuring my hounds, Ghost, and Frack did not die in vain.
The Perry County Sheriff Dept, for doing the investigation and recommending the felony charges.
The Perry County Prosecutor and his entire staff, and the victim support part of his office.
These people truly cared about what happened, and wanted justice.
My good friends and hunting partners who supported me every step of the way. Travis Goode, Neil Eddington, Dan Black, and every houndsman I know.
My neighbors that have been to court every day that we went, and staying there with me from 9am until 7 pm for the entire jury trial, Jody Harter Stevens, and John Hribal.
Most of all I need to thank my Wife, Misti Hupp Crane for helping me the most.
For being with me on the long nights that followed that day, to helping me go back down to our dog kennels without Ghost and Frack being there. For crying with me. For helping me get through it and facing it all right beside me.
It is never anyone’s right to shoot hunting dogs at anytime!
Chad, we are happy that your dogs are going to get justice and you are going to have closer.