ANSONIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The Darke County Humane Society said a man has been convicted after an animal cruelty investigation.

According to the Darke County Humane Society, Robert Frazier pleaded guilty June 21 in Darke County Court to a felony charge of animal cruelty.

The investigation began in December 2017 after a dog was found behind Frazier’s home that was starved and frozen to death.

Frazier was sentenced to 30 days in jail with 16 days credit for time served. Frazier turned himself into the Darke County Jail Friday to serve the remaining 14 days.

Frazier was also ordered to pay restitution, a veterinarian bill and court costs.

This is the first felony conviction the Darke County Humane Society has been able to prosecute under the new Ohio animal cruelty laws.

“It’s sad we need laws in place to make people treat animals in a decent way. I’m glad the new laws give us more power when we charge offenders. Hopefully, this will show the people that we are not playing around. We will not tolerate this behavior in our county,” said Humane Society Agent Dustin Willis.