We really do detest cruelty in all its forms, but there is one thing really worse than that all together, and that is people who seek to create cruelty as some kind of performance, its really the lowest coldest of the low, this is one such case and we want to raise awareness to help stamp out these awful acts worldwide!
In this case, two men posted a video they made on Snapchat, they cut the throat of a dog on it, really we are completely appalled by them, they were sentenced to probation and a were fined.
The two men, if you can call them that, called Steven Sadler and Boots Stanley pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty, but it’s not really like there wasn’t enough proof…
Each of the two received, from District Judge Carl Sharp, a sentence of three years in prison as well as a $5,000 for each of them. They were also both ordered to do a total of 480 hours of community service too.
The judge before he handed down the sentence held up a folder for the court and the men to see, it was many inches thick, all letters from concerned citizens!
He also said that he did not watch the video or read any of the letters until after the two men pleaded guilty, but before sentencing, he read some of the letters and considered the public outrage in his decision.
The two men are required to pay the $5,000 fine, if they don’t pay it they can also serve a 365-day sentence in the Morehouse Parish Jail.
In addition, they can also make a $5,000 donation to the Morehouse Parish Humane Society to be able to reduce their community service down to only 240 hours.
The Humane Society said that if the donation was received the board would likely fund a special project to remember the dog and for justice!
The poor dog in all this had no choice but we hope that this beautiful creature is at least now happy at the other side of the rainbow, running free in the meadows…
Charges of aggravated animal cruelty can carry a sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of $25,000 but we don’t really know what you would have to do to get those charges based on this case, we thought it didn’t seem like it could be much worse!
The attorney’s office representative said this:
“He applauds his assistants and staff who worked diligently on this case,” the statement said. “Given the inhumane and vicious nature of this crime, the district attorney’s office requested that the judge impose a severe sentence commensurate with the crime.”
“He said he encourages lawmakers to introduce legislation to strengthen the laws that punish those who criminally harm and/or neglect animals.”
The director of the Justice for Animals Campaign for In Defense of Animals delivered documents to the court to support the prosecution of Stanley and Sadler, it contained 21,000 signatures from around the world!!
She said about the case:
“I’ve been in Mississippi on assignment for 25 years …I’ve literally had hundreds of investigations on cruelty cases. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been to court. Sometimes you are disappointed. Sometimes even though it seems like it’s not much, the judge really did the best they could do. This today is just a very, very sad day for me.”
The community as a whole, as well as animal activists, were greatly shocked by the sentence that was given.
We too are shocked and hope that this story will help us to raise awareness about the work we still need to do to bring justice for our beloved dogs! Please SHARE and help the cause to grow…