Vienna township requests Justice for Tucker signs be removed

The township says Kimberly Ellis has not obtained a permit for the signs

Vienna township officials say people must have permits in order to put up the signs.
Vienna township officials say people must have permits in order to put up the signs.


VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – Last October, a black lab in Vienna was shot to death by a pastor, who was trying to scare the dog away from his chickens. Shortly thereafter, signs reading #JusticeForTucker started popping up in yards throughout Vienna, as people began protesting Tucker’s death.

Now, Vienna township officials say they’d like those signs taken down.

Last Tuesday, Tucker’s owner Kimberly Ellis received a letter from the township’s Zoning Committee, asking for the 6-by-18-inch homemade signs to be removed as soon as possible. The letter says she has not purchased permits for these signs.

“I was not aware that I was breaking any laws, and I’m sure the people that came and got signs and put signs up are aware that they are breaking any laws,” Ellis said.

Justice for Tucker promotes a website, which asks visitors to sign a petition to change legislation in Ohio.

Ohio law says a dog can be legally killed for menacing. For this reason, a misdemeanor charge against Pastor David Murphy, who shot the dog, was dismissed.

Ellis said the law is too vague, and she wants it changed. She is less than 500 signatures short of being able to present her case to state lawmakers.

“I can’t change what happened, but I do hope to change a law, so this never happens again to any other family pet,” she said.

At Monday’s trustee meeting, the township’s zoning inspector was not there, but one trustee spoke about the signs.

“Nobody had a problem with the signs when they went up, but it’s dragged out to where they’ve become a nuisance,” said Township Trustee Heidi Brown.

In the end, an agreement was reached in which Ellis will take the signs down on April 1.

To learn more about Justice for Tucker, visit www.justicefortucker.org.

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