[Ed. Note: UPDATE - VICTORIES: Justice for Karley and Justice for Karley...Johnson's Probation Continued. Beating a dog with a 12-pound rock because you "get mad"...really? Slowly but steadily more prosecutors and judges are taking animal cruelty seriously.]
Each cruelty case that seeks maximum felony penalties sets a precedent for the next one.
Former L.A. County assistant fire chief Glynn Johnson is guilty of felony animal cruelty for fatally battering 6-month-old German shepherd mix Karley with a 12-pound rock outside his Riverside, California home on 11/3/08. Karley's shattered jaw and other wounds led to her euthanasia.
YOU WERE HEARD
Karley's brutal murder struck a chord with Kinship Circle followers, who wrote/called/emailed the Riverside County District Attorney's office, police and fire departments with a unified demand: Terminate Johnson's job. Book and prosecute him to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Your persistence helped turn a sluggish case into an arrest and charges. Your diligence shed light on the long-term repercussions of animal violence.
WHAT DO WE DO NOW?
Johnson is scheduled to stand before a judge for sentencing on March 8, 2010. A Kinship Circle member and lawyer states
"Communication sent to the judge in reference to a case is considered 'ex parte communication' and is prohibited... In fact, a judge may even be forced to recuse him/herself."
We'll update you if comments become appropriate. In the meantime, please thank the Riverside County District Attorney's office. Each cruelty case that seeks maximum felony penalties sets a precedent for the next one.