Man Receives Three Year Prison Sentence For Throwing Dog Off Balcony

Warning: This story may disturb some readers.

A South Carolina man has been sentenced to three years in prison for tossing a ten-week-old puppy off a balcony during a fight with his girlfriend.

The puppy, a yorkiepoo, was in a soft-sided container but sustained head injuries and had to be euthanized.

The man, Javon Patrick Morris, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

The judge presiding over the case, Circuit Judge Edward Cottingham, sentenced Morris to five years, suspended to three years in prison and two years of probation. He also was ordered to go through anger management counseling.

Cottingham, who owns nine dogs, said, “I’ve got to send a message to all dog lovers that we are going to protect that interest in our courtrooms.”

Source: MSNBC

(Thanks Debra)

18 thoughts on “Man Receives Three Year Prison Sentence For Throwing Dog Off Balcony

  1. I think the judge was ,way too kind. This man is no benefit to society. Throw him off a twenty story building. He would never harm another innocent life again.

  2. I wish the judge had not given probation as part of the sentence. Maybe he thought it was a tough sentence, but I disagree. Glad the guy is at least having to deal with his anger issues before someone else gets hurt!

  3. Dear catmom, the next living thing he will throw off a balcony will be his girlfriend. Anger management is a joke. There is not much of a difference between abusing animals and abusing people. If you find one behavior in a person, you will find the other. People like this, as well sex offenders, and people who molest children belong in jail. Our court system lets these people back on the street every day to continue to kill and abuse more animals, children, and women while keeping non-violent offenders in prison. What’s wrong with this picture?

  4. I think throwing him off a twentieth storey balcony would be excessive, a tenth storey balcony would be more appropriate, and more to the point than anger management classes. With his current sentence,since he’s likely to be out of prison before too long, he should also have a lifetime ban against having a girlfriend, and not be permitted to go above the first floor of any building in future. That, and handcuffing him into a wheel chair for the rest of his life would be more likely to ensure that he doesn’t throw anyone off a balcony in future.

  5. Hopefully karma will take care of this killer and another killer will bash in his head in prison and he will die of head injuries. Now that would be justice.

  6. “… he should also have a lifetime ban against having a girlfriend, and not be permitted to go above the first floor of any building in future.”

    LOL! I agree with you still.

  7. Hopefully he will make some “very good friends” in jail, if you know what I mean. Even prisoners love animals.

  8. The fact is, no matter what WE think fitting punishment would be, this is a tough sentence compared to what most judges dole out (even though it should not be so rare). We should write letters to thank this judge, not criticize him. I think the judges who take steps in the *right direction* should be praised. Otherwise, they will get the idea that the animal advocates aren’t happy with anything short of blood, and since they can’t do that, they might stop issuing sentences even this tough. I think some positive reinforcement is in order.


  9. Stefani’s right.

    Here’s the info I got:

    The Honorable Edward B. Cottingham
    P. O. Box 1114
    Bennettsville, SC 29512
    OFFICE: (843) 479-5617
    FAX: (843) 479-1307
    Circuit: 4

    Send the man a fax or a letter…..something that can be counted/.

  10. Thank God someone is standing up for animals. Not only don’t I like cruelty against fluffy little dogs and cats, I don’t like the way the meat industry puts cows to death either. Just because people want to gnaw on flesh, they stun and skin cows before they’re even dead. And chickens? It’s absolutely barbaric. I think it’s hypocritical to get all sad about cute little domesticated housepets, and then go and let someone else cause horror and suffering to a large, smelly, not-so-cute animal so we can chew flesh. But, at least the judges sentence is a start in the right direction. Animals lives are sacred. If you want to be a consumer part of the killing of animals, a link in that chain, well then, go be a native American on the plains. Or an Inuit. And celebrate the life of the beast, which, after all, was put here by the same means as fluffy little cutie-poo muffin.

  11. Criminal system ticks me off.

    not that this guy doesn’t deserve real time, but most rapists will get less than 3 years; dui drivers who KILL someone usually get only 5 years.

    we have a very strange world when a rape is less important (at elast as far as punitive damages) than a pet.

    Glad he was seen as a criminal, though. cause dog, cat, rat, or human, it’s a life that he willingly sacrificed to his anger. His own kid could easily have been the victim.

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  13. Tanya, it’s because in rape, the victim at least gets to live…this puppy lost its life. There should be much stronger sentences for both, of course. Rapists should in all fairness be castrated, but the ACLU and other criminal advocates will prevent that idea from ever seeing the light of day. But I do think that animal cruelty should be given the same weight as other violent crimes in the courts. It’s all the more heinous because the victims of animal abuse are innocent and don’t understand why they are being put through the suffering.

  14. This is just horrible. I started crying when read this. He should of got more than 3 years in prison.

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