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3 Year Sentence For Puppy Killer

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In South Carolina last week a judge sentenced a 22 year old man to 5 years, reduced to 3 years in prison and 2 of probation. 

Now, to be perfectly honest, I wouldn't care if this man was sent to Alcatraz, if it were still a federal prison, but does the punishment fit the crime?

The man was having an argument with his girlfriend when the &*%$#@ tossed her puppy off of a balcony of an apartment building.  The poor puppy suffered massive head & body injuries and was euthanized. The judge, expressing his shock and disgust is quoted as saying in the courtroom "You mean he threw a helpless animal off three floors because he was mad at someone?"

In the news everyday we read about drunk drivers who get their hands slapped, pedophiles and rapists who get released after spending less than a year behind bars and, of course, all those celebrities who just seem to get into trouble all the time.

Personally, I don't even like killing an insect.  I think that animal abuse is just one step away from violence against another human, especially when it's obvious (as in this case) that unmanageable anger caused the offender to lose control.  Still, I'm not sure spending 3 years of his young life behind bars is the only way to send a message that what he did was reprehensible. 

What do you think about this judge's decision?

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Comments

1.
Elizabeth03Comment by Elizabeth03 - November 4, 2007, 7:53 am

I personally would like to harm the man that threw the puppy off the balcony. I would enjoy that very much.

Animals deserve the same rights as people to be treated with respect and care, and to not be abused in any way, but what this man did to the puppy is inexcusable..

The man needs more than prison time for what he did to the animal, he needs some other type of punishment for the crime he committed against the pup.
2.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - November 4, 2007, 1:54 pm
We have an unbalanced punishment to crime in this country.
A stiff fine of say $1,000.00 would have been the case here.
Financial punishment places hardship on the person as well.
3.
justxploringComment by justxploring - November 4, 2007, 2:11 pm
The sad thing is, had this man punched his girlfriend in the face or threatened her with a knife, he probably would have gotten off with a fine and a restraining order.
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Comment by gopher07 - November 4, 2007, 9:38 pm
he should of got a fine based on his yearly income 2/3 fine so lets say he had a income of 30000.00 fine would be 20,000.no jail time but if not payed in 3 goverment could put lean on his property plus all assets must remain in his name.......
5.
emilygComment by emilyg - November 4, 2007, 11:17 pm
Too lenient. Makes me sick.
6.
spy153Comment by spy153 - November 12, 2007, 8:23 pm
I forgot to add... My dad was drafted into the vietnam war. People like him are the ones I feel sorry for. He had no choice in the matter. Him or his 7 brothers. All fought like hell for this country and when they came home they got spit on by some stupid hippies in California. I hate hippies. If they had any sense at all they would have gave those men the heroes welcome they deserved. If it weren't for people like my dad, we would all be in cages and tortured by the vietnamese or some other communist crappy country. Or have rations on everthing we buy and eat just like they have in other countries. Girl you don't know how good you have it here.

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