Dog Breeder Sentenced To 11 Years For Animal Cruelty

KassabjiA New Mexico dog breeder has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after being charged with 111 counts of animal cruelty.

Mike Kassabji was convicted of caging 21 dogs without adequate water or food. Officers also said the animals were covered in their own urine and feces.

The judge gave Kassabji a 21-year prison sentence, but suspended ten years of the sentence. Kassabji must also pay a $1,000 fine.

He previously had been convicted to 90 days in jail for animal neglect charges after 13 dogs were seized from him.

The governor of Texas also wants Kassabji to be extradited to Texas to face animal cruelty charges there.


13 Responses to “Dog Breeder Sentenced To 11 Years For Animal Cruelty”

  1. catmom5 says:

    I hope this guy gets what’s coming to him. Sounds like the “system” is working in this case. (Don’t understand the small fine, but like the prison time.) Hope the poor animals were able to be saved. What a dreadful excuse for a human being.

  2. Jenny Bark says:

    Good, but could be out in 5 1/2 years. Lets what Texas does to him. Now that’s how to protect animals.

  3. Bridgett says:

    Yeah, especially proud to be a New Mexican today!

    Apparently the dogs went to the ASPCA in Amarillo where they went up for adoption.

  4. Lynne says:

    I wish when someone was convicted on such charges he/she would never be allowed to own animals again.

  5. Nora and Rufus says:

    Thank God there are judges out there who KNOW what to do and have the intregity to do it! What a scumbag this guy is.

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  7. catmom5 says:

    What does the last post about the farm bill have to do with this? Did I miss something here?

  8. June says:

    Hope the conviction and sentence convinces other bad breeders find another way to make a ‘living.’

  9. Lynn says:

    Oh, good! Extradite him to the State of Texas and let them have a field day with this worthless excuse for a human. Maybe then he’ll spend the rest of his life in jail.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Q: What does the last post about the farm bill have to do with this? Did I miss something here?

    A: Not sure where to put it. Take what you like and leave the rest.

  11. Denise says:

    I’ve just recently read that the legislation in UK on the issue is improving and real punishment would be possible in similar cases unlike the slap on the wrist that the courts used to give dog breeder there.
    go here for more details.

  12. Kristen B says:

    This man deserves everything he has coming to him and a lot more in the after life.

  13. Lance K says:

    Kassabji was framed for these trumped up charges because he has been a long time critic of Mayor Chavez, Albuquerque City Council, and Governor Richardson. It would serve you cat mom’s who live in a one bedroom apartment with 50 cats or more to be given the same sentence! None of the dogs died or was ill. They were miniature dogs. Those charges could be made against anyone who keeps multiple pets in a small space if the authoities should arrive the moment after one of them defecates. There are armed robbers and murderes who don’t serve 11 years.

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