21-year-old Anthony Allen pleaded guilty to kicking and beating a dog to death. Joker, the mixed breed pooch of Poeranian, Dachshund, and Beagle, was entrusted to a woman while his owners were away. That woman had a step-son named Anthony, who apparently had something against adorable animals continuing to live their happy lives.
Anthony was so loud while yelling, cussing, and attacking the dog, that neighbors and multiple witnesses heard him from the backyard. He beat little Joker with a cane and kicked him until he died of his injuries. Anthony left the scene, but later admitted to the crime. He claimed that he only kicked the dog once and hit it with the cane twice, but Joker’s owners could tell that it had to be at least 20 times with the amount of injuries they found on their beloved pet.
Because it was “only his first offense,” he was sentenced to 4 whole days in jail and received a misdemeanor charge of Cruelty to Animals. Yes, you read that correctly. Four days in return for killing someone’s pet. He will also pay $1,000 in restitution and take one year of anger management classes, which the judge hopes will teach Anthony a lesson about the value of life. Until then, he is not to be around animals.
For anyone who has a pet – dog, cat, fish, bird, ferret, etc – just imagine how they would feel if they had been in Joker’s position. Our pets are a part of our families, and losing them hurts just like anything else. Teach your children to respect animals, and hopefully, this never happens again…
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