[Ed. Note: Take action - Thank Some Judges Who Stood Up for Animals.]
All too often, the suffering and torment animals endure in abuse cases is overlooked and not taken into consideration at the time of sentencing or sadly, it is not taken seriously enough to warrant even substantial jail time. Studies have proven that animal abusers are 5 times more likely to commit violent crimes and 4 times more likely to commit property crimes than those who do not have a history of animal abuse.
In the 1970s the FBI recognized the link and found that the profile of serial killers most often includes a history of animal abuse often starting in childhood. For more information please visit Pet-Abuse.com: http://bit.ly/uH2qGq
We applaud the actions of the following Judges and would like to say “Thank You” to:
- Honorable Judge Joseph K. Sheeran – Judge Sheeran sentenced
Jeremy K. Haire to 8 years in prison for killing a 2 pound tiny
Yorkshire Terrier puppy to death during a domestic violence attack.
Judge Sheeran cited “This was a property crime, but (the report) doesn’t
take into account that the property was a living thing — a puppy that
was killed without reason,” This sentencing deviated from the
recommended 19 -57 months for this charge. Haire was also sentenced to
66 months to 10 years for violating his probation for second-degree
criminal sexual conduct.
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- Honorable Judge Charles Rogers - Judge Rogers sentenced Patrick
Caleb Land to five years four months in prison for beating his
girlfriend's three companion dogs to death. The necropsies of the
victims indicated the dogs had been beaten to death after attempts to
restrain and suffocate them failed.
- Honorable Judge Joseph A. Costello - Circuit Judge Joseph A.
Costello overturned First District's Judge Jack Vitale's decision to
euthanize the surviving dogs seized in a dog fighting operation. The
four pit bull terriers seized are safe from euthanization that was
recommended by the prosecutors. The Buster Foundation Pit Bull Education
and Rescue of Belleville and the Monroe Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals disagreed with the prosecutor's findings and launched
an appeal. The dogs; Dusty, Monroe, Reilly, and Razzle were evaluated
and were not found to be aggressive and were awarded to The Buster
Foundation. Razzle, one of the four dogs was turned over to the rescue
in August. He is now in training as a therapy dog.
- Honorable Judge Michael Gary Judge Gary sentenced Angelo Monderoy
to 2-to-6 years on the burglary, 1⅓-to-4 years on the arson and the
maximum two years on the animal cruelty charge for the burning of a
tabby cat known as “Tommy Two Times”. Monderoy stated he set “Tommy” on
fire out of boredom.
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- Honorable Judge Thadd Blizzard Judge Blizzard sentenced Robert
Edward De Shields to the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for
strangling and sexually assaulting an 8-month-old Chihuahua. De Shields
is also required to register as a Sex Offender. A veterinarian
determined that the dog had severe injuries to the rectum and internal
organs from being raped. The Chihuahua named “Shadow” is in foster care
and slowly recovering from her injuries.