Just recently, justice was served !!

@mari61960 (4895)
United States
February 28, 2007 5:53pm CST
Last August, two teenage brothers in Atlanta, GA, were charged with torturing and baking a three-month-old puppy to death. Just recently, justice was served - the brothers received the maximum sentence allowable in each of the nine counts under which they were charged. These sentences will be served concurrently, and in effect, the young men will serve 10 years in prison and 10 years under strict probation, for a total of 20 years. The horrific death of this poor puppy touched animal lovers around the world, and the strong sentencing in this case highlights how strongly the public feels about cruelty toward animals. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard felt so strongly about seeking justice in this case – describing the death of this puppy as "so egregious it cries out for special attention" - that he sent a letter to Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue requesting that the penalty for animal cruelty be raised above the current five year maximum. DA Howard should be applauded for his commitment to justice and the humane treatment of animals – please sign this petition today to congratulate him on success in this case! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/311945051?z00m=9416011&z00m=9416011<l=1172706503
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29 responses
• Philippines
1 Mar 07
Serves them right! I do hope this will be a lesson to those people that treats dogs badly. Also, I wish that country's like mine (Philippines) would also have strict laws regarding animal cruelty because here, there are some cities/provinces that treat dogs as food delicacies!
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• United States
1 Mar 07
I am a dog lover. I have 3, one for each of my kids. As a matter of fact, they are treated alot like my kids. They are spoiled brats with awesome dispositions. Dogs are living beings with feelings. I can't imagine the horror that puppy felt. Those boys are not getting what they deserve, they deserve worse. There is no reason for them to hurt a defenseless animal. Where is the fairness in that? It's like child abuse or elderly abuse. Why pick on something (or someone) who can't fight back?? Where's the sport? They probably won't fare well in prison, the big boys don't like certain behavior.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Yes I've heard it can be just as tough for an animal abuser as it is for child abusers, molesters and murderers. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes that's for sure.
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• United States
1 Mar 07
I am thrilled to hear this. There doesn't seem to be a lot of laws that protect any type of animals. I am an animal lover, and it hurts me so much to hear or see horrible things that are inflicted upon these animals by so called "humans." I don't even believe in labs torching animals for any reason. Animals have feelings and emotions too. I always put myself into that animal in my mind, and can feels its pain and nobody there to help. More laws and stricter punishments are indeed needed. These boys started with a puppy, and would end up being ser. killers. I'm so happy they got what they deserved. Perhaps life time would have even been better for them behind bars.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Yes that worries me alot when they only get a slap on the wrist. Do they then move on to torturing kids...they are helpless too. Well considering they are young, a lifetime might be a bit much...but who knows maybe that would be best. It would ensure they didn't do it again.
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@Y3110w (113)
• United States
1 Mar 07
OMG!!!!!! I did NOT hear about this!!! But just as I was reading it I was CRYING MY EYES OUT!!! Words can't explain how hurt I am. I don't understand how someone can do that to an animal, whether it's a mouse or a dog! I will never feel as though justice has been served. What is twenty years suppose to make up for what they did do a poor innocent animal? No! Is twenty years suppose to equal the life of a puppy? Hell no. Animal abuse is a very serious thing and everyone should take it seriously not just "Oh it's just an animal." Dogs are so loyal to their owners and then we're going to turn around and torture them? when you walk down the street you will see a loving dog with their homeless owner, that is how loyal they are. All they want is our love! Why do people in this world have to treat them like they did something wrong?! I am SO FREAKING OUTRAGED! Now I'm going to go to bed crying.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Sorry it is an upsetting topic, but people need to be more aware. We need to make animal abuse a serious crime. To me it's no different than torturing an infant. I can't believe my ears or eyes when I hear or see statements like "it's just an animal" Well humans are "just" animals too, but it doesn't make it right. What a crazy world we live in.
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@vraman (15)
• Singapore
1 Mar 07
Dear myLotians, I am happy that the criminials who committed the crime of cruelty to the puppy was sentenced becos otherwise there will be no peace and order in the world. Though the victim was an animal, it is still a living thing though not a humn being. The pupply had a life and it was brutally murdered. If such criminals are not brought to justice and duly punished, cruelty to animals will be on the rise. I believe GOD IS GREAT becos GOD TREATS ALL BEINGS EQUALLY. Regards, vraman
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Your absolutely correct, thank you for your response.
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• Philippines
1 Mar 07
Serves them right! I do hope this will be a lesson to those people that treats dogs badly. Also, I wish that country's like mine (Philippines) would also have strict laws regarding animal cruelty because here, there are some cities/provinces that treats dogs as food delicacies!
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I hope so too, it's just been recently that people are really taking animal cruelty seriously and punishments are now starting to fit the crime. There's still hope for all countries. I don't think I could ever eat dog meat..yuk
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
1 Mar 07
OH MY Gosh, I did not hear about this case when it occurred. That is deplorable. Thank goodness that the DA pulled out all the stops in the case. How can anyone do that? Imagine, just imagine the pain that poor animal endured. I wonder how much of the 10 years the boys will serve? Probably 20%..isn't that what ususally occurs? I hope they get a hefty dose of mental counseling while in the slammer.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
1 Mar 07
It's just disgusting isn't it. Here is a link to the case and all the updates. I sure do hope they get counseling. And I hope they don't get an early release. http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/9605/
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I got this in an email earlier today and I already signed the petition to congratulate DA Howard. I am so glad those people are being punished for what they did. I can't imagine why anyone would do that to a puppy. Some people are just cruel and heartless.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I was so excited when I got it that I just had to share the news. I don't understand how they could possibly do the things they did.
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• Malaysia
1 Mar 07
I hate dogs,but not enough to do that kind of things to them.I think there's something with their head.That's very cruel and heartless.I'm happy they got the proper punishment.That should be a lesson to all animal abuser out there.
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• United States
1 Mar 07
Thank you so much for the link. I signed up and as I live in Georgia it might help.
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
3 Mar 07
I don't want to sound cruel but I really hate animal abusers. I know they are teenagers but for them to do this to such a weak animal is just unbelievable. I'm glad they will have to serve 10 years in prison, let's see how well they do being abused by other prisoners. Thank you for posting this!
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
3 Mar 07
Yes, I believe they may have a really tough time in prison. I thank god they are not my sons. I hope this teaches them something.
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@coolcatzz (1588)
• Canada
1 Mar 07
That is wonderful to hear. You are right they need to increase the penalty for animal cruelty. What they should remember to is that many of these people that start out killing animals eventually turn towards humans. They are sick individuals who definitely need to be locked up and need help.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Exactly what I was thinking when it happened..here comes the birth of another couple of serial killers. I'm so glad that justice was served. Kudos to Paul Howard.
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@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I am so pleased to hear this. When I first heard about the case, I heard that they were going to be charged with a misdemeanor and probably not serve much time. I was so mad. How could wantonly torturing another living creature be a misdemeanor? I am overjoyed and applaud the courts for getting it right. I hope it changes the sicko's mentality that it is "just a dumb animal" We are supposed to protect the less fortunate and the ones that can't protect themselves. Now they will be punished accordingly.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Yes I thought they were going to get the usual slap on the hand. I was very impressed with how it was handled. I hope it get's worse and worse for animal abusers.. I bet they have a new respect for "dumb animals" when all is said and done.
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@winky73 (1396)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Thank you for sharing the story plus the link.It's about time that something is done about this.I grew up around animals and it would never even have crossed my mind to do something like that. It is beyond me how someone can treat another living creature like that.I signed the petition and I sure hope that everyone who happens to read this will too.Maybe this will help encourage other officials to follow his example.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Yes that's what I'm hoping. The more praise he gets for this and the more attention it gets, may help others follow suit. I hope all officials see how wonderful what he did really is and that they too need to put their foot down on animal abuse cases.
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@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I am so glad to hear this ...there has been so many acts of violence towards animals her close to where I live its scary ...if people will do those types of things to nimals ...where do they even get the idea to do something as horrific as this is beyind me ... definetly will sign his petion ..thanks for sharing the link for others to do so too ...good work !!
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• United States
3 Mar 07
In my opinion, they got off easy. They took an innocent animal's life. How would they like it if someone tortured and baked them? What kind of sick person bakes a puppy? That's absolutely disgusting. I hope that this follows them everywhere, and they get treated with the disdain they deserve.
@kimmy716 (24)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Oh my goodness! I never heard about that, and it just makes me sick to my stomach. I can't imagine being able to hurt an innocent animal. Naturally, if an animal attacks you or someone around you and you are in danger, then it makes sense to protect yourself, but to hurt a puppy...with those sweet little eyes they have...Thanks for making me aware. Hooray for justice!
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@Karmalina (647)
• Australia
1 Mar 07
I'm afraid of what people that could hurt something little, cute and innocent like a puppy could do to a human being, especially if provoked. That whole story makes me feel ill and wonder what goes through some people's heads. I'm very glad they're gonna get some time in prison and hopefully 10 years is enough to set them straight when they get out.
• United States
1 Mar 07
oh my gosh thats horrible. i'm glad those boys got thrown into prison. how could boys have the guts to do that! thats so disturbing it makes me want to cry. i hate hearing things like that and knowing that this is going on.
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@MissMo (170)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Thank you for sharing this! Thank goodness that justice is being served! Besides the fact that I love animals, especially dogs, and it completely broke my heart to hear of what they did, anyone who would do that to another living thing probably has serious mental health issues. I hope that they work on this during their jailtime and get better. I also hope that this will teach other animal abusers that it IS a serious crime.
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