Dog whose tale changed Kentucky law dies

Courtesy: Courtney Bennett Girdler

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A dog whose story of abuse led to changes in the Kentucky’s animal cruelty laws has died.

Romeo’s owner was caught on video in 2007, beating the then eight-month-old dog.

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Romeo’s case led to “Romeo’s Law.” Under the law, a person caught torturing a dog or cat for the first time could be charged with a felony instead of a misdemeanor. They could also face one to five years in prison, if the animal dies or is seriously injured.

Romeo’s death was announced on Courtney Bennett Girdler’s Facebook page. Girdler’s father adopted Romeo. She posted in the Facebook tribute to Romeo that her father “gave him a life beyond compare.”