When Haniyyah Barnes and her neighbor argued over parking on a shared driveway, Barnes took the fight way too far when she hurled the neighbor’s Shih Tzu into heavy traffic. She has now been sentenced to four years, with credit for six months of time already served.
Barnes must also pay $2,000 to her neighbor and perform 30 days of animal welfare-related community service following her release from prison.
What do you think? Does the punishment fit the crime?
Judge Robert Ruehlman presided today over the early release hearing of Terry Kendrick, who had been convicted of charges related to running a dog fighting ring that was connected to the ring run by Michael Vick.
Kendrick’s original sentence was for 13 years, and he has served 8 years so far at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. “I’ve learned a lot being away from my family as long as showing what my actions can bring about. You’ll never have a problem with me again,” Kendrick said.
However, prosecutors pointed out how badly the dogs had been hurt. Some were stitched up and made to fight again. Others were dumped and left for dead.
Kendricks’ wife, who stated he was “not a bad person”, and their 12 children were nearly jailed for contempt after they stated (loudly) their disagreement with the judge’s ruling.
Fortunately, the judge was not swayed and ruled that Kendrick should complete the original sentence in its entirety.
A PetSmart groomer has been arrested for animal cruelty after a 1-year old Dachshund died while in his care. Henry had been brought in for a simple grooming appointment and ended up with two broken ribs and a punctured lung, as revealed by post-mortem X-rays. Continue reading Tragedy at PetSmart→
The Ohio legislature is now considering a bill that would make it illegal to leave a dog tethered outside in extreme temperatures. The Capital Area Humane Society says it received 30 – 40 calls every day about animals left outside when it’s too cold for most of us to even take the garbage out. See the whole story on NBC4i.
Meanwhile in nearby Illinois, a new law took effect on January 1st that states No owner of a dog or cat that is a companion animal may expose the dog or cat in a manner that places the dog or cat in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat or cold conditions that results in injury to or death of the animal.. Violators can receive a fine of up to $2,500 or 1 year in jail for this class A misdemeanor.
WARNING! Graphic Content!
The audio on this clip isn’t very good, and the original video is not sharable, but you can see the whole thing here, if you can bear it.
A reporter from the Associated Press has put together a report from Searcy County, Arkansas (about 100 miles north of Little Rock). Apparently, over 5o dogs were fed hot dogs laced with poison, then summarily executed. Some of the bodies were found late Thursday night by loggers prospecting for timber land. They had a contact at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, who then contacted the Humane Society. Continue reading 57 Arkansas Dogs Poisoned, Then Shot→
States like Alabama have held the door open for cruel puppy mills for too long. There is finally legislation to provide guidelines and standards of care for the humane treatment of puppy mill dogs, and we need your help to make sure it passes. Continue reading Alabama’s Puppy Mill Bill→
What kind of a world is it where you can’t even put your dog out in the yard without worrying about his being shot? WBIR in TEnnessee is reporting on Lucy, one of five dogs who lived with Billy and Leisha Vaughn in Claiborne County. Continue reading Dog Shot in Family’s Backyard→
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