Norwalk Municipal Court Judge John Ridge chastised the defendant for the T-shirt he was wearing Tuesday -- and his attitude.
"What's that on your shirt?" the judge asked him.
Donald E. Resor Jr.'s black shirt read: "Voted most likely to offend."
Apparently the message offended the judge since Ridge, with a slight frown, said: "You wear that to court?"
After Resor said he "didn't think about it," his defense attorney, Paul Dolce, said his client had been wearing a sweatshirt.
T-shirts and two "no contest" pleas were the name of the game at Tuesday's hearing.
Eight women and one man wore black shirts with two large words in white print -- "Team Bailey" -- along with the initials for the Huron County Humane Society (HCHS). The group sat in the front row of the courtroom and wore T-shirts in honor of Bailey, the 4-year-old Staffordshire terrier at the heart of one of Resor's cases.
"His health is good now," HCHS manager and investigator Kathleen Hampton said afterward. "We were waiting until after the hearing to adopt him out.
"He (Bailey) is scared of riding in a car and he wasn't before," she said.
Resor, 31, of 32 State St., was convicted of pushing or throwing the dog out of a vehicle at a Norwalk Township location Dec. 30. The court also found the man guilty of disorderly conduct for a March 4 incident; the state agreed to amend it from the original charge of domestic violence.
"Our office has been in contact with the victim. She doesn't wish to pursue a protection order. She indicates she wants to move forward from this incident," Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel told the judge.
Resor entered "no contest" pleas to separate misdemeanors of abandoning animals and disorderly conduct. As part of a plea deal, the state agreed not to pursue any charges related to an incident Monday night or probation violations.
After Resor entered the pleas, Ridge asked the defendant if he had anything to say.
"It's pointless to say anything," Resor said. "I just want to do my time and go home."
"Look how cocky he is sitting there," one of the HCHS supporters was overheard saying during the hearing.
Resor must report to the Huron County Jail at 7 a.m. April 22 to serve a 90-day sentence on the abandoning animals conviction. Resor also was fined a total of $700 in both cases.
For the disorderly conduct conviction, Ridge credited Resor with serving 10 days, but ruled 30 days in jail would be hanging over his head on a probation violation. He ordered the defendant to undergo six months of anger management counseling by Dec. 30. The court also scheduled an Oct. 17 hearing for a review of the case if Resor hasn't paid his fine by that time.
Huron County Deputy Dog Warden Josh Jasinski investigated the case involving the dog. Resor originally was charged with animal cruelty.
Jasinski didn't find the dog when he responded to the Dec. 30 incident. However, the next day he found Bailey about a quarter of a mile from the drop-off point. Jasinski used a microchip in the dog to track down Bailey's origins.
"Usually, it's put in at the nap of the neck. It moves around sometimes," Jasinski said earlier about the chip.
A Huron County family had owned Bailey since he was a puppy.
"They didn't want to give him up, but they had to for a family member's health problems," Hampton said.
"Bailey came from a very loving home. ... He's a very loving dog," she continued.
"Bailey looks like he's a ferocious dog. I think Mr. Resor was disappointed because he didn't meet his expectation of what he wanted (the dog) for. That's just a guess," Hampton said.
When the Reflector asked Resor if he wanted to comment, the man responded with a vulgarity and walked away. His attorney declined to comment.