Inmate indicted in death of prison foster dog


LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An inmate accused in a dog’s death at an Ohio prison where it was placed in a program pairing inmates with foster dogs has been indicted in the death.

Court records show Warren County grand jurors indicted 31-year-old Benjamin Holliday this week on a felony charge of prohibitions concerning companion animals.

Prosecutors say Holliday was in Warren Correctional Institution Aug. 25 when he’s accused of causing Evie’s death.

Evie was supplied by the Joseph’s Legacy animal rescue charity. It said a necropsy showed the 4-year-old German Shepherd-Elkhound mix died of “blunt force trauma to her abdomen.”

State prison records show Holliday is now incarcerated at Madison Correctional Institution, where he’s serving more than nine years for robbery, burglary and receiving stolen property.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Holliday.