BOWLING GREEN — A visiting judge who had been hearing the animal cruelty case involving Clayton Sheperd will continue to preside over the matter, according to city Prosecutor Matt Reger.
Bowling Green Municipal Court Judge Mark Reddin relinquished the case to Judge Jud|son Spore, who originally heard the case when Judge Reddin was unavailable. A hearing scheduled for yesterday was continued so that Judge Spore could preside over the matter.
Mr. Sheperd, 62, is charged with cruelty to animals and will go to trial July 15. The misdemeanor charge is one of several that Mr. Sheperd faces after his dogs were confiscated April 10. The dogs were taken because the Wood County Humane Society was concerned about their mode of transportation. It involved chaining each dog to a barrel on a home-made trailer.
Mr. Sheperd also faces misdemeanor charges of inducing panic, obstructing business, and failure to comply with the order of a police officer when he told sheriff's deputies in April that he would not allow them to take his dogs.