AKRON: A 66-year-old Akron man was acquitted of snapping his mother’s dog’s neck and threatening to do the same to his mother.

A Summit County jury found James Taylor not guilty Friday of prohibitions concerning companion animals and domestic violence.

Summit County prosecutors claimed Taylor killed the dog in March because it urinated on the floor in his bedroom.

Taylor, however, denied hurting the dog when he talked to officers and during his testimony in the two-day trial in Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tammy O’Brien’s courtroom.

“The jury worked very hard,” said Don Hicks, Taylor’s attorney. “I believe they came to the correct conclusion.”

Jurors told prosecutors they wanted to hear from Taylor’s 96-year-old mother, who was unable to testify because of health problems.

“This was a very serious case as a 96-year-old woman not only lost her beloved pet, but feared for her own life,” said Chief Prosecutor Margaret Scott.