PETITION TARGET: Highland Heights Prosecutor Daniel W. Taylor
UPDATE (6/24/2021): Phil Savelli pleaded not guilty at his arraignment hearing in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas today, according to WOIO. He faces three counts of animal cruelty and will remain out on bond until his next court hearing on July 12.
A 10-month-old Yorkie puppy named Coco reportedly froze to death at the hands of her guardian’s boyfriend, who allegedly submerged the helpless dog in water and stuffed her into a freezer multiple times until she died, security footage from the horrifying incident shows.
Coco’s killer then placed her lifeless body back on her doggie bed.
The puppy’s devastated guardian, Helga Semaj, found her beloved companion’s corpse when she arrived back home. She turned the video evidence over to police, who charged Phil Savelli with animal cruelty. He is free on bond while he awaits trial.
If convicted under Ohio’s Goddard’s Law, which enables prosecutors to upgrade any animal cruelty charges to the felony level, he could spend a year in prison and face a fine of up to $2,500, according to Cleveland19.
Coco deserves justice, and the person who brutally froze her to death must face accountability for their actions. Sign this petition urging Highland Heights Prosecutor Daniel W. Taylor to prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law, including a life-long ban on having animals.