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Arrest warrant issued for Youngstown man accused of killing his cat

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A warrant has been issued for a Youngstown man accused of killing his pet cat.

Judge Maureen Sweeney issued the warrant on Tuesday after 25-year-old David W. Robinson failed to show up in her courtroom to answer an indictment handed up by a grand jury earlier.

Robinson is charged with violating Ohio's prohibitions covering companion animals, also known as Goddard's Law.

The law, which took effect in September, is named for Cleveland's long-time weatherman Dick Goddard who worked to get strong penalties for animal abuse.

The law makes it a fifth-degree felony to harm a companion animal or pet.

According to Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Mike Yacovone, Robinson confessed to humane agents that he punched and strangled his pet cat at his Market Street apartment on May 15.

A necropsy, which Yacovone likened to an autopsy, determined that the cat had died from blunt force trauma to the head.

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