Judge chides man for T-shirt choice
NORWALK, Ohio, March 21 (UPI) -- An Ohio man who admitted throwing a dog from a car wore a T-shirt to court reading, "Voted most likely to offend."
Donald Resor Jr., 31, pleaded no contest Tuesday in Norwalk Municipal Court to abandoning animals in a Dec. 30 incident and a separate charge of disorderly conduct in a March 4 incident, the Norwalk (Ohio) Reflector reported Thursday.
Resor was accused of throwing Bailey, a 4-year-old Staffordshire terrier, from his moving car Dec. 30.
Eight women and one man sat in the courtroom Tuesday with T-shirts reading "Team Bailey" with the initials for the Huron County Humane Society.
"His health is good now," HCHS manager and investigator Kathleen Hampton said after the hearing. "We were waiting until after the hearing to adopt him out. He (Bailey) is scared of riding in a car and he wasn't before."
"What's that on your shirt?" Judge John Ridge said, indicating the message on Resor's T-shirt. "You wear that to court?"
Resor said he "didn't think about it" and his lawyer said the defendant had earlier been wearing a sweatshirt.
After Resor entered the no contest pleas the judge asked whether he had anything to say.
"It's pointless to say anything," Resor said. "I just want to do my time and go home."
The judge ordered him to do 90 days in the Huron County Jail on the abandoning animals conviction and fined him $700 for the two cases combined.
Judge orders trial in pig-shooting case
ELYRIA, Ohio, March 21 (UPI) -- An Ohio judge has refused to drop charges against a man accused of killing his neighbor's potbellied pig.
Gary Cunningham has been accused of killing the pig, named Snork, after it wandered onto his property Jan. 30, The (Elyria, Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram, reported.
Cunningham has been charged with killing an animal and cruelty to animals. His lawyer, James Skelton, asked Judge Lisa Locke Graves Wednesday to dismiss the charges, alleging the pig caused about $1,200 dollars worth of damage, but was only worth about $50.
The judge said the discussion on damages should take place in court.
"I don't believe I can address the motion to dismiss without determining value," she said.
Larry Plas, the owner of the pig, said he was devastated by the loss, as Snork was considered a part of his family.
Cunningham has pleaded not guilty and a pretrial hearing is scheduled to begin May 14.
Dating website wants to rename town
SUGAR HILL, Ga., March 21 (UPI) -- A dating website is offering the town of Sugar Hill, Ga., $3.7 million to change its name to Sugardaddie.com.
Darrell Shuster, a spokesman for the website, geared toward pairing affluent older men with younger women, said the company is seeking a name change for the town of 18,000 as a unique advertising opportunity, WGCL-TV, Atlanta, reported Thursday.
"Initial reason is we like the name Sugar Hill, of course. It matches with our name Sugar Daddie and we thought we could have a bit of fun with that," Shuster said.
He said the deal would also benefit the city by allowing it to make more additions to go along with its recently constructed city hall.
"It seems to me they are looking to spend money to enhance image and increase their profile throughout the state of Georgia, so I think this money could go a long way in that regard," Shuster said.
However, city council members including councilman Steve Edwards said they would never go along with the plan.
"The name sugardaddie.com goes against everything we've been trying to build here in Sugar Hill, which is a family city," Edwards said.
Sugardaddie.com's proposal also includes erecting a statue of Hugh Hefner in the city as a tribute to the man Shuster described as the ultimate sugar daddy.
"The idea of a statue of Hugh Hefner in this area, a deeply conservative, family-rooted, religious community, just would not work," Councilman Mike Sullivan said.
Shuster said representatives are visiting the town Thursday in an attempt to sweeten the deal with higher offers.
Poop-scooping pledge given to dog owners
LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 21 (UPI) -- The company that manages the Big Four Bridge walkway between Louisville, Ky., and Jeffersonville, Ind., is calling on dog owners to sign a poop-scooping pledge.
The Waterfront Development Corp., which also manages the Waterfront Park in Louisville, said pet owners will have an opportunity during a rally Sunday at the entrance ramp on the Kentucky side of the bridge to sign forms pledging to clean up their pets' droppings, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal reported Thursday.
Officials said the rally, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., is intended to promote responsible pet ownership and will serve to inform dog owners that pet droppings on the walkway will be monitored during the coming weeks. They said steps -- including a potential ban on dogs on the walkway -- may be taken if droppings prove to be a problem.
The local humane society and the animal services department -- which drew up the pledges that animal owners will be given to sign -- have put their support behind the initiative.
Dog owners who sign the pledge will get free T-shirts, officials said.