We are surrounded by laws and order. Some people do not justify the systems and are unable to give a proper judgment on things that go around us. But luckily, there are some few individuals who make a small difference which creates an impact on people.

Painesville, Ohio judge Michael Cicconetti is one of those few individuals who became super popular recently because of him perfect judgments in cases involving animals. He is quite popular amongst animal lover and you will know why.


He gives imaginative punishments to animal abusers which teaches them a lesson for life. He is now a retired judge but has made his mark by setting an example for others. There is always a twist in his sentences which hold a valuable lesson for offenders.

His method may be slightly different from the usual. But his sentences are within the limitations of the law and order. He gives abusers a dose of their own medicine.

Sentencing people to live in the dump for a night to spend a night alone in the wilderness, the Judge has given such punishments that make the abusers regret their decisions. He sentenced a woman to spend a night in the dump who left her dog in the filth and let him suffer.

At the hearing Cicconetti said:

“I can’t interpret the thoughts of a dog, but boy if dogs could tell you how they felt: abandoned, scared, frightened, and sick. Well, maybe you should get a little taste of that.”… I want you to sit there for eight hours tomorrow, to think about what you did to that dog while you smell the odour. If you puke, you puke.”


Listen to the sentencing:

In another well-known case, the self-confessed animal lover and life long dog dad sentenced a woman who abandoned 35 kittens in the woods with spending a night out there on her ow (as well as jail time and a fine).


At the hearing Cicconetti again sited he’s reasoning;

“How would you like to be dumped off at a metro park late at night, spend the night listening to the coyotes … listening to the raccoons around you in the dark night, and sit out there in the cold not knowing where you’re going to get your next meal, not knowing when you are going to be rescued?”


He did become popular for his sentences, but the only motive behind them was to educate and teach a lesson to offenders.

“The message I want to send to the defendant is, ‘look, you did something stupid and you’re going to pay for it by doing something stupid. Hopefully, that clicks. I can’t say we didn’t have a little fun doing it over the years. We have. I’ve entertained myself by doing it. But there’s always been a point to doing it.”

The Internet users who thought that his decisions were spot on shared their views

Unfortunately, Cicconetti is now a retired judge. He spend most of his time with his family and Burmese mountain dog Kasey. We can just hope that someone like him would give proper judgement in aminal abuse cases taking some inspiration from him.

Michael did a great job as a judge. His reasoning was on point for all his judgments and we need more judges like him.

Watch the news report as it appeared on ‘News 5 Cleveland’