Bail increased for Leetonia man accused of torturing and killing - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Bail increased for Leetonia man accused of torturing and killing dog

Posted: Updated:
Edward Altenburg in court Edward Altenburg in court
LISBON, Ohio -

Bail has been increased for a Leetonia man accused of torturing and killing a dog.

Edward Altenburg, 42, appeared before Columbiana Municipal Court Judge Charles Amato on Thursday to answer two counts of violating the Ohio law protecting companion animals.

Deputy Columbiana County Dog Warden Amy Dowd tells 21 News that a witness claims that Altenburg strangled a pit bull two days before Christmas.

The charges against Altenburg have been sent to the county grand jury for further consideration.

While Altenburg's attorney asked that his client be released without bond, the prosecutor asked Judge Amato to retain the $60,000 bond.

Noting the nature of the alleged offense, the judge increased Altenburg's bond to $75,000.

In addition, Judge Amato banned Altenburg from having any companion animals.

Dowd says when she saw the remains of the dog on December 26, there was blood on its swollen face. In addition, the genitals of the dog appeared to be swollen as well.

An examination by a veterinarian indicated that the dog died of abuse and torture, according to Dowd.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • ECOT closure leaves Valley students scrambling

    ECOT closure leaves Valley students scrambling

    Friday, January 19 2018 2:25 PM EST2018-01-19 19:25:32 GMT

    Friday was the final day of classes for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, also known as "ECOT." Ohio's largest online charter school is closing down after losing its sponsor, leaving thousands of students scrambling. For the Earl family in Leavittsburg, it's reluctantly onto Plan B. 

    More >>

    Friday was the final day of classes for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, also known as "ECOT." Ohio's largest online charter school is closing down after losing its sponsor, leaving thousands of students scrambling. For the Earl family in Leavittsburg, it's reluctantly onto Plan B. 

    More >>
  • Girard Council to Vote on Justin Leo Memorial

    Girard Council to Vote on Justin Leo Memorial

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 12:19 AM EST2018-01-23 05:19:58 GMT

    After going through a first read, an ordinance to name a viaduct bridge on Liberty Rd after Officer Justin Leo will go to a vote during the next Girard city council meeting. The meeting will be held on February 12th, and from there the ordinance be approved through a few more steps, before a ceremony where the bridge officially take on Leo's name. "I think its very important that years from now our citizens do not forget who Justin Leo was, and what he did for our communit...

    More >>

    After going through a first read, an ordinance to name a viaduct bridge on Liberty Rd after Officer Justin Leo will go to a vote during the next Girard city council meeting. The meeting will be held on February 12th, and from there the ordinance be approved through a few more steps, before a ceremony where the bridge officially take on Leo's name. "I think its very important that years from now our citizens do not forget who Justin Leo was, and what he did for our communit...

    More >>
  • Community sending words of encouragement to Youngstown man in ICE custody

    Community sending words of encouragement to Youngstown man in ICE custody

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 12:09 AM EST2018-01-23 05:09:40 GMT

    Dozens showed up at the Circle Hookah and Bar Monday night to write messages of hope. 

    More >>

    Dozens showed up at the Circle Hookah and Bar Monday night to write messages of hope. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms