Ohio Judge Is Fed Up With Animal Abusers, Decides To Give Them A Taste Of Their Own Medicine


It never gets any less heartbreaking for animals lovers when we hear about these creatures being hurt or neglected. Advocates and organizations do their best to help animals in need and prevent abuse, but when it comes to the laws regarding abusers, they don’t have control. That’s where Michael Cicconetti comes in.

The judge from Painesville, Ohio, is an animal lover himself, and he’s more than tired of seeing abusers and repeat offenders receiving little to no punishment for their actions. That’s why he’s taken to giving them creative sentences that fit their particular crimes. And while he says his punishments wouldn’t be considered cruel or unusual, he adds “that doesn’t mean that they can’t deal with a little discomfort and embarrassment.”

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For example, one woman found herself in Cicconetti’s courtroom after her dog was found living in filth. The judge concluded it was only fitting that she be forced to spend a day in filth as well:


“I want you to go down to the county dump, to the landfill, and I want them to find the stinkiest, smelliest, God-awful odor place they can find in that dump and I want you to sit there for eight hours tomorrow, to think about what you did to that dog while you smell the odor. If you puke, you puke.”

Another offender had abandoned 35 kittens in the woods. So Judge Cicconetti gave her jail time, a fine, and ordered her to spend one night in the woods by herself:

“How would you like to be dumped off at a metro park late at night, spend the night listening to the coyotes … listening to the raccoons around you in the dark night, and sit out there in the cold not knowing where you’re going to get your next meal, not knowing when you are going to be rescued?”

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Judge Cicconetti hopes that dolling out these creative sentences will spread awareness about animal abuse — and the consequences that come with it. He also hopes mental evaluations will eventually be required for animal-related crimes, and to see the creation of an animal abuse registry. What do you think about his punishments? I, for one, love them!



    • Judge Cicconetti is in the next town over from where I live; love this Judge! “Punishment fits the crime” a lot with him! Once a guy had to stand on a street corner with a pig ….. he had called a Police Officer a ‘pig.’ More Judges should do this; maybe people will think twice (before) they act!

  1. Brilliant! People are the cruelest of species and I have seen the most horrific abuse inflected on animals. I believe this judge with this particular method will succeed In his endeavor with this form of punishment. These individuals who commit such atrocities of this nature will now experience what true torture and suffering feels like. Whether or not this will have an afffect on these criminals remains to be seen, and I am hopeful. Thank you, your Honor for acting outside the perverbial box ans sticking you neck out to find a solution to help stop this sick behavior. I support this decision and I will remain hopeful. For a so called “civilized” society i believe we are rapidly deteriorating. Mahatma Ghandi once said, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

  2. You are an amazing judge this is all these people understand. what you are doing is the right thing. Godbleso you

  3. Wow your amazing!! Thank you for what you are doing in your court room!!! I am 100 with you on this!!

  4. Thank you for the sentences you are giving to animal abusers. The animals are defenseless and need the help of those that can protect them. I hope all judges follow your lead. Thank you again!

  5. I think it’s great what he’s doing. The was these people abuse these babies turns my stomach…these babies love unconditionally and to literally be thrown away and left to fend for themselves is beyond me….in my opinion, these idiots are getting off easy?

  6. This is a long time coming. Eye for an eye. I wish all judges were like this. Where I live, no one even makes it to a courtroom. People get away with murder (literally) here. I rescue with no back up from Animal Control or law enforcement. The policies/ protocols in place here are just a joke. Its sad, very very sad.

  7. I think it is a wonderful idea because those cruel,heartless, meaningless piss poor excuse of a human being, if you can even call them that,would not want to know what I would do to them.Good job judge God bless you

  8. Good for you keep it up. We need more Judges like you. Thank you so much for caring and making these people go through what hey put the dogs through.

  9. Been praying for punishment for animal abusers to fit the crime. Thank you Judge Cicconneti. Sure hope more judges read this post and follow suit. Some of the ones I just have a difficult time with are the ones that train and have dog fights, using small dogs and puppies as bait to train dogs, and then there are the ones who starve their dogs for many idiotic reasons. But I still go with ‘an eye for an eye’.

  10. This is wonderful news. I hope more judges follow suit. People need to be shown what it feels like to be dumped along a road or in the woods. Animals should be treasured not tossed aside like trash. Love this Ohio Judge♡ THANK YOU Michael Cicconetti ♡

  11. I don’t own an animal but everyone in my familydoes so I sorta have ‘em it I do cry for the animals they are family same as children and they depend on us and trust us to take care of them and love them. Good for the judge I hope he keeps it up and others follow suit. As angry as I have gotten at the dogs peeing and pooping wen potty training chewing etc all I do is yell and shake my finger. I would NEVER EVER hit an animal then cleanup the pee and poop

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