ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A second person in Belmont County is being prosecuted under a new law that raises animal abuse from a misdemeanor to a felony charge.
Denver Lee Woodburn, 55, of Barnesville, was arraigned Aug. 13 before Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato, according to the Intelligencer. He pleaded innocent to prohibitions concerning a companion animal between March and April. The charge is a fifth-degree felony that carries with it the possibility of 12 years in prison.
Woodburn is the second person in the county to be prosecuted under what is known as Goddard’s Law. The first instance was in 2017 when Michael Chedester was convicted of shooting two dogs that had wandered onto his property while he was hunting.
Woodburn’s trial was set for Oct. 11 and he is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 10. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered that he not have contact with or possession of animals.