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10 Responses to “Man Receives Two Year Prison Sentence For Abusing Dog”
Onto another, just as important murder case. Sorry for posting her but sent to Itchmo via email hoping you would blog about this but didn’t hear back. Please alert your members to write letters to prosecutors in New Orleans demanding justice for these murdered animals. NEW prosecutors have DROPPED all charges against these two police officer’s!
1/23/08: Demand Justice In Dog Killings, St. Bernard Parish
The Honorable James D. “Buddy” Caldwell, Attorney General
Louisiana Attorney General’s Office
PHYSICAL: 1885 North 3rd St. * Baton Rouge, LA 70802
MAILING: P.O. Box 94005 * Baton Rouge, LA 70804
ph: 225-326-6100; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*NOTE: Email above is a “guesstimate,” based upon how other dept. emails are
configured. So far, it has not bounced in a test…
Mimi Hunley, Asst. State Attorney General of Louisiana
Presided over the criminal division and initiated charges in St. Bernard
Parish street and school shootings.
Here’s a sample letter Kinship Circle wrote:
Honorable Officials Of Louisiana:
I am dismayed charges have been dropped against former St. Bernard Parish
Deputy Sheriff Mike Minton and Sergeant Clifford “Chip” Englande. These men,
who allegedly shot dogs roaming St. Bernard Parish streets after Hurricane
Katrina, pose a risk to other animals and humans.
I implore the Attorney General’s Office to recognize the gravity of animal
cruelty crimes and establish a better precedent for prosecuting them.
In September 2005, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist David Leeson and
his Dallas Morning News colleague canvassed empty streets in St. Bernard
Parish. As they began filming, gunshots were heard. Leeson turned his camera
to a small black dog with a bullet wound staggering after a truck inscribed
with SBSO (St. Bernard Parish Sheriff) on its sides. As the reporters drove
away, they encountered another brown dog writhing and dying in the road.
They recorded a vehicle occupied by two armed men, one believed to be
Minton. Englande reportedly drove the truck. During a taped interview,
Minton later admitted shooting dogs. “So how many dogs?” one reporter asked.
“Enough,” Minton said.
The dogs documented on Leeson’s video were like thousands more displaced by
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — hungry, disoriented and afraid. I ask you to
reconsider their violent death and reopen this case before it expires under
the statute of limitations. If new evidence emerges, please prosecute Minton
and Englande for aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony in Louisiana.
I also call upon the Attorney General’s Office to intensify its criminal
investigation of pets executed inside three St. Bernard Parish schools in
October 2005. Evacuees were ordered to leave their companion animals behind
with St. Bernard Parish law enforcers. Many scratched notes on school walls:
“There is a very nice dog in here. Please do not shoot her…”
Despite pleas for mercy, some 33 dogs (and cats) were shot at close range in
the body, limbs, and neck. Bullet wounds to the body cavity, rather than the
head, cause prolonged and agonizing death. Cruelty investigators found shell
casings consistent with the type police officers use.
I urge you to seek the conviction of anyone involved in this massacre. If
convicted, offenders ought to incur maximum incarceration and fines for
felony animal abuse. Law enforcers associated with this crime should be
removed from active duty and directed to undergo psychological counseling.
Certainly, they should be barred from possessing or working with animals.
People who abuse animals rarely stop there. In fact, men prosecuted for
animal cruelty are five times as likely to be arrested for other violent
crimes, according to Prof. Frank Ascione of Utah State University. Animal
cruelty is a key trait in the American Psychiatric Association’s criterion
for conduct disorders. The FBI red flags animal abuse when profiling
homicidal criminals and their potential for recurring violence.
The deliberate slaughter of companion animals is merciless and illegal.
Moreover, it serves as a yardstick to measure probability of a repeat
offense. I look forward to any case updates you can provide.
I wonder how many states have passed felony animal cruelty laws and then have these miniscule maximum sentences. Two years the maximum sentence for a crime so unbelievably heinous? I think we need to check our own state laws and get the sentencing increased!
Here is the comment I posted on the ABC26 site re: the deputies shooting dogs. I will check later to make sure they posted it.
I am with Brenda Shoss and the other writers like her. I saw her post on Itchmo.
The attorney general and these sheriff’s deputies need to understand the love and devotion one can have for a companion — whether human or animal. This story just breaks my heart.
I have been told that in Baghdad the police shot packs of dogs because they did not have any other form of animal control. These men do not have any such excuse. They wanted to shoot them, and got a kick out of doing it. The owners have a right to have the DA do his duty.
If they cared at all, all they needed to do was ask for help.
During the California wild fires this year, it was on the radio that the large animal shelter needed feed and things for people too. We got so much, we had to keep calling the talk radio and tell them to stop mentioning our needs. In the end we had to make arrangements for the excess to be donated!
They have no viable excuses for what they did.
May God in Heaven pass righteous judgement on their acts since an earthly judge may never get to let them atone on this earth for their crimes.
Two years is no way enough time - and he is NOT an animal lover and he is deinitely NOT a good person.
Now about the freaking ads you are running at the bottom of the videos - this is the second one I’ve come across and I’m about to not wa tch any more videos - the ads are intrusive and take up nearly half the screen - find another way to display your ads