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Monday Maul: Ohio Man Sentenced for Cutting Dog’s Throat

Vin Paneccasio

COLUMBUS, OHIO, IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE — Ohio History Center staff made a gruesome discovery when they showed up for work this morning. “Old Sparky,” the electric chair that “was decommissioned and disconnected from service” and  “donated to the Ohio Historical Society” a decade ago, according to language on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction website, had been taken out of storage and used to execute recently sentenced dog killer Justin C. Smith.

A Polaroid photograph of several dogs posing with the deceased was found duct-taped to Smith’s still-smoldering carcass. Local and state law-enforcement officials believe they know who took the picture and organized the execution.

“We suspect that a twisted vigilante named Monty Gelstein is behind this,” a Columbus police spokesman said. “The arrogance with which this murder scene was staged definitely fits Gelstein’s style.”

Local and state police say there’s “no doubt” that Smith’s murder was directly related to the jail sentence he received on July 10 for killing a defenseless dog.

A July 11 report in the Zanesville Times Recorder indicates that “Smith said he slit a dog’s throat with a box cutter because he wanted his girlfriend out of his house.”

According to Kathy Thompson’s Zanesville Times Recorder story, Smith told Zanesville Municipal Court Judge William Joseph, “She brought a diseased, mangy, flea-ridden dog into the house and wanted me to spend my money on it. She bamboozled me. … It was the only way I could get her to leave my home … I could think of no other way. I guess I have some regret, but since the woman is out of my house, or at least I hope she is, that was my intent. … Besides, no animal has rights over a human.”

The Columbus police spokesman said, “Gelstein is the kind of degenerate monster who thinks animals should have the same rights as humans — the kind of lawless maniac who assumes the roles of judge, jury, and executioner when he thinks justice hasn’t been adequately served.”

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction documents indicate that Smith was transferred, after being sentenced, from the Zanesville City Jail to the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. But prison officials in Lucasville have no records of Smith’s arrival at their facility.

A Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokesman said, “Our paperwork shows that Mr. Smith was transported by ‘Officer M. Gelstein,’ whom we have no record of employing. Apparently, we’ve been bamboozled.”

Monday Maul cartoons are created for The Daily Maul by New York-based artist Vin Paneccasio. Providing a fix for your schadenfreude jones, while spiritually rewarding, can be physically and emotionally exhausting. You can keep us alert and fairly lucid by keeping us caffeinated.


  1. Don wrote:

    Now that animal abusers are finally being sentenced to jail terms, one can only hope they end up on a rung below “baby raper” in the prison hierarchy.

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink
  2. David Brensilver wrote:


    Perhaps a public-service announcement is in order — one that can be directed at America’s inmate population.


    Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 9:18 am | Permalink

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