“Finally a judge with the balls to jail those who abuse animals!”
By Follow on Twitter on April 05, 2014 at 4:57 PM, updated April 05, 2014 at 4:58 PMEmail the author |
Tyler Scott Sanders pleaded guilty this week to aggravated cruelty to animals and theft of animal, the news outlets reported.
The charges came after a pit bull named Halo was found with pellet gun wounds, a broken skull and other broken bones, law enforcement officials told KPLC-TV.
Halo was stolen in August, and a mail carrier found the animal in November, when he was about six months old.
Halo was taken in by the Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue, which rehabilitated him.
He has some ongoing health issues but is up and running, according to the Team Halo Facebook page, which has chronicled the puppy’s recovery and the court case.
“There’s a possibility that his front right leg may have to be amputated. It’s an inch shorter than the other legs and he’s still growing so it may eventually bother him,” Jess Single, with the Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue, said Saturday. “Right now he runs and plays with the others well.“
Single and Renee Smith, along with other volunteers with the rescue group, praised the judge and prosecutor for taking the case seriously.
“The DA’s office worked non stop to also make sure that justice was served. They fell in love with Halo and made sure that a message was sent that animal abuse is not tolerated in this parish,” Smith wrote on Facebook.
A judge imposed a 10-year prison term, then suspended half of the sentence, and said Sanders would have to spend 85 percent of it behind bars, plus pay for medical bills and a $5,000 fine, the news outlets reported.