If Found Guilty - Sentence Joel R. Ruth To The Maximum Allowable By Law in Case 2014CRB03867
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We NEED to show the community that there should be "ZERO TOLERANCE" for crimes of this nature and for any type of abuse, be it against an animal, child, spouse/significant other or the elderly. If the defendant in this case, Joel R. Ruth is capable of slashing the throat of his family pet Ruby, causing her premature death, then it is our belief that he could commit a similar offense against another human being.
Due to the circumstances of this case, we feel that the defendant is a threat to his community and those around him, specifically his family, and that he requires psychological help in dealing with his violent anger and rage issues, but should also be held accountable for his actions in the throat slashing death of Ruby and in the threats made towards another.
From the Elyria Chronicle Telegram - 11/21/14
LAGRANGE — A frantic 911 call from a woman who said her husband flipped out led police to a house in LaGrange where they found pools of blood and a dog buried in a shallow grave Thursday evening (11/20).
Joel R. Ruth, 50, of Railroad Street in LaGrange, was charged with animal cruelty and aggravated menacing after his wife told police he killed their pet before leaving to go find his brother.
Monica Ruth called 911 about 10 p.m. Thursday from a house on the 300 block of South Center Street and told the operator her husband was very upset.
“Just get down here … He has a shovel and a bat in the (expletive) car,” she told the 911 operator, adding that he had driven away from the house. “He’s going after my brother-in-law.”
LaGrange police went to the house on South Center Street while Lorain County sheriff’s deputies headed to the brother’s home on Foster Road.
Police met Monica Ruth at the home, and she told them her husband had been drinking that evening and came into the house covered in blood and holding a knife, according to a press release from the LaGrange police.
She told police Joel Ruth had told her that he was going to “do to (his brother) what he had just done to the family’s dog,” before making a throat cutting gesture and leaving the house, according to the release.
Police searched the property and found pools of blood and a shallow grave where the dead German shepherd-type dog was buried, according to police.
Meanwhile, sheriff’s deputies spoke to Joel Ruth’s brother at his home on Foster Road. He told them he’d been taking care of Joel Ruth’s dog that day, but the dog started chasing his chickens so he called for his brother to come pick it up. Joel Ruth picked the dog up earlier in the evening and hadn’t been back, he told officers.
Joel Ruth was found in Wellington and taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center for evaluation before being shifted to the county jail. He is set to appear today in Elyria Municipal Court (11/21)
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