Stacy Elliott pleads not guilty to charges related to death of serval cat

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Stacy Elliott, the father of former Ohio State Buckeyes and current Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, pleaded not guilty on all charges related to the death of a serval cat last year.

Elliott, also known as Stacy El Muhammad, was in court Wednesday to answer to the 21 counts against him.

On October 13, deputies with the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office responded to a Canal Winchester neighborhood on the report of a dog being attacked by a large cat.

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When deputies arrived, they found the cat and it appeared like it was going to attack them, so they shot and killed the animal.

Neighbors in the area told us they’ve seen “wolf dogs,” foxes and other exotic animals for years and believed they were coming from Elliott’s home, who lives nearby. Elliott had denied owning the animal.

After an investigation, several agencies brought charges against Elliott.

After entering his plea, Elliott was released on his own recognizance.

The conditions of bond include notifying the bond officer if he travels out of state, not possessing any exotic animals, and having any companion animals confined and properly registered.

The conditions also said the humane society will do periodic wellness checks at Elliott’s property. Elliott is not allowed to have any additional animals.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for March 16.

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