Lake Charles Man Gets 10 years For Stealing, Abusing Puppy

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“Finally a judge with the balls to jail those who abuse animals!”

By Ginny LaRoe, | The Times-Picayune Email the author | Follow on Twitter on April 05, 2014 at 4:57 PM, updated April 05, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Stealing and abusing a puppy got a 21-year-old Lake Charles man a 10-year prison sentence, KPLC-TV and the American Press reported, and he will have to spend four years of that term behind bars.

A Lake Charles man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges, getting a 10-year sentence, of which four years will be served, for stealing a pit bull puppy and then abusing him. Halo, who is now in good health after being rehabilitated with the Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue, had broken bones and pellet bullet wounds when a mail carrier found him in December. (Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue)

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.

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Edgworth man left horses to survive in ‘filth’

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“I’m going to keep my eye on this, Will keep you informed.  I despise anyone who neglects horses! Most of you know I have horses but rarely get to see them due to my disability…they are my best friends whom I miss so much, wouldn’t trade them for anything. So when I see horses that have been neglected like this…by someone who has no excuse whatsoever for leaving them to rot in a field…well It kinda REALLY PXXX’S ME OFF”

“I want to see this man pay for what he has done. Some Real Jail time, not a Mr Noddy suspended sentence!! Those poor horses must be in dreadful pain; It killing me knowing they have been suffering, starved of everything, even love!! My best friend is called Karma, hope it’s not long before she pays a visit to this poor excuse of a human!”

LICE-INFESTED, worm-ridden horses were left to ‘live in filth’ in muddy, overgrazed fields, a court has heard.

Philip Davies is accused by the RSPCA of failing to look after 17 horses which he kept on land in Edgworth.

Hyndburn Magistrates Court heard the animals were underweight and had mite, lice and worm infestations, foot rot, and liver damage caused by eating poisonous ragwort weeds.

Davies, 65, of Plantation Road, Edgworth, has been charged with 56 animal cruelty offences brought forward during the RSPCA prosecution.

He has pleaded not guilty to 53 counts of causing unnecessary suffering relating to the horses in his care on land off Plantation Road, but admitted they had been kept in an unsatisfactory environment.

The defendant pleaded guilty to one count of failing to protect 14 horses from pain, injury, suffering and disease, and two counts of failing to provide a suitable environment.

Iain O’Donnell, prosecuting, said the RSPCA were called to the land on the evening of Monday, November 28, last year after reports from about an exhausted horse tangled in barbed wire, caked in mud, and unable to stand. The horse had collapsed earlier that day and Mr Davies had been advised to put it into stables.

The court heard after rescuing the horse with assistance from neighbours, inspectors arranged to move it and meet with Mr Davies during daylight hours. Inspector Lyndsey Taylor revisited the land two days later and expressed her concerns about the field.

Several visits later, Chief Inspector Cathy Hyde served a notice on Mr Davies to find alternative housing for the horses, but this was not met.

District Judge Peter Ward, sitting at the court, heard that RSPCA inspectors were so worried for the animals’ welfare they ordered the removal of the horses.

Davies tried to appeal the removal but the correct paperwork was not completed.

This is a supposed horse lover!!

In the meantime a vet attended and found the environment unsuitable, with little grazing and no shelter. The RSPCA then rounded up 14 of the 16 untamed horses and took them for treatment and rehabilitation. The final two had to be sedated before being transferred to stables in Bolton.

Equine vet Simon Constable told the court he inspected them and said there was evidence they had been ‘constantly standing in filthy conditions’. While giving evidence in the court about a black shire cross, he said: “The foot was full of faeces and mud. The horse had been suffering for at least two months, as a conservative estimate.

“This was obvious by the putrid smell associated with thrush and rotting flesh and sensitive tissue.”

He said this was mirrored in the majority of the horses. Test results showed the animals had “severe” mite and lice infestation. He said: “They were itching, biting and scratching themselves. There was evidence of self harm of all the horses.”

He also claimed the animals were suffering liver damage, caused by eating ragwort, a claim disputed by the defence solicitor.


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Man jailed for six months over pony deaths

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A man who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty over the deaths of 25 ponies has been jailed for at least six months.

Shane Jason Dean, 39, of Pottsville in northern NSW, was sentenced in Glen Innes Local Court today after admitting in February to 25 acts of aggravated cruelty on an animal.

Police alleged the 25 dead ponies were discovered near Glen Innes last December, after having been transported in a truck with inadequate ventilation.

Officers found the remains of several horses in a parking bay near the town.

They then followed tracks to a nearby cliff and located the bodies of more ponies, of various colours and ages, in the early stages of decomposition.

Police alleged the ponies had been loaded onto a removalist truck without proper ventilation in the Kingstown district, west of Armidale, bound for the NSW north coast.

Magistrate Mark Richardson sentenced Dean to two years imprisonment with a non-parole period of six months.

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