Animal Abuser Given Probation

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“WTF…WHY ARE ANIMAL ABUSERS BEING LET OFF SO LIGHTLY?? This man pleaded no contest to drug and multiple animal cruelty charges while his wife continues to face trial for chaining their malnourished pit bulls in their own filth…Deputies saw a very skinny brown pit bill dog tied to a large chain barking at me,” one deputy wrote in his report. Then observed a very skinny black pit bull dog lying on its side, and it appeared to be dead…I observed the black dog lift its head and look at me though due to the dog being so skinny from lack of food, the dog could not stand up.”

Both dogs were “malnourished to the point of starvation”, according to an arrest report, with access to “old nasty water” and no food. Both dogs were tied to heavy chains and were surrounded by flies.

YET a Judge gave him probation…where is the justice??”

John Oswald, 30, pleaded no contest on Tuesday to two counts causing death, pain or suffering to animals and one count unlawful confinement or abandonment of animals. His arrest came after Escambia County sheriff’s deputies found two pit bulls sitting in their own filth, shackled with heavy chains and with bugs crawling all over them behind his home on U.S. 29. 

The same day, another deputy shot and killed a dog, an arrest report says, and neighbors said the aggressive pit bull belonged to the Oswalds.

Oswald also pleaded no contest Tuesday to a marijuana charge, as investigators found marijuana growing in his backyard, according to his arrest report.

State Attorney Bill Eddins said his office had asked that Oswald serve 11 months and 15 days in the Escambia County Jail as a stipulation of his probation.

But Circuit Judge Gary Bergosh, who withheld adjudication on all charges, felt that Oswald only needed to be placed on probation for three years, according to court records.

“It’s our policy to take a very firm position in these animal cruelty cases, particularly where the extent of cruelty is this significant,” Eddins said, explaining that prosecutors would have accepted a plea where no jail time would be served.

“There was more than one animal involved, and there were other charges as well involving the marijuana.” “So WTF was this animal abusers let off for?? what does that say to other would-be animal abusers?? This is so wrong…it stinks…this is not taking a firm position against animal abusers…it’s letting them get off Scott free…this is a down right in-justice. Judge Gary Bergosh needs to booted off the judicial system!!”

Another case concerning Judge Gary Bergosh

This is the second time this week that Bergosh has gone below the sentences asked for by prosecutors. The other case involved 27-year-old Michael Davis, who was convicted of manslaughter late last year in the shooting death of 16-year-old Alonzo Knight Jr. “I would suggest this Bergosh buggers off out of the Judicial system then, as he obviously does not uphold the same values as normal people; who view these as heinous crimes”

On Tuesday, prosecutors asked for Davis to be sentenced to 30 years in prison, the maximum recommended by the state Department of Corrections. Instead, Bergosh handed down a six-year prison sentence, infuriating Knight’s family. “I am not surprised…this is disgraceful,  a boys life only warrants 6 years from the offender

The minimum recommended sentence for the manslaughter charge is 10 years.

Prosecutors said they will appeal that sentence.

The case against John Oswald’s wife, 34-year-old Amanda Oswald, is still pending. She is set to appear in court today, and Eddins said prosecutors will be asking for a continuance so they can talk to John Oswald and get more information about the case.

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Staten Island man sentenced to a year in jail for animal cruelty

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.A judge took a bite out of a New Brighton felon, sentencing him on Thursday to a year in jail for maltreating two dogs, resulting in one’s death.

James E. Jones, 31, was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to torturing and injuring animals.

Last month, James E. Jones, 31, pleaded guilty in Stapleton Criminal Court to torturing and injuring animals, a misdemeanor.

Under his pleas, he was sentenced to concurrent one-year jail terms, said prosecutors. Jones also signed a $2,000 confession of judgment and will be forbidden from owning animals.

Jones was arrested in April, three months after ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) agents rescued two emaciated and dehydrated pit bulls, said officials.

According to court papers, Jones owned the dogs — two brindle-and-white females — 1 and 3 years old, respectively, between Sept. 1, 2011, and Jan. 6 of this year.

He didn’t name the animals and kept them in a garage outside his home, said Joseph Pentangelo, an ASPCA spokesman.

Jones gave the dogs little food and water, he said.

Desperate for sustenance, the pit bulls resorted to eating anything they could chew to stay alive, said Pentangelo.

The ASPCA received an anonymous tip about the pit bulls’ condition and rescued them in January, he said.

The dogs were found to be “dehydrated, weak and emaciated,” according to court papers.

An examination revealed that both were eating “non-nutritive substances,” such as pieces of plastic, insulated wire and particulate matter, court documents state.

Laverne, the younger animal named by rescuers, didn’t survive, despite efforts to save her.

The older dog, christened Shirley, recovered.

Besides the animal cruelty charge, Jones pleaded guilty to obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, stemming from an unrelated July 25 arrest, said prosecutors

Defense lawyer Michael Gompers previously declined comment on the pleas.

Jones was previously convicted in the Bronx of attempted criminal weapon possession, a felony, and sentenced to 18 months in prison, according to online records of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. He was released on parole in March 2004.

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Shawnee man sentenced to five years in starving horses case

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“AT LAST…Some real justice….give that Judge an award! If only all judges were like him, our streets would be rid of those that commit heinous crimes on sentient silent beings!!”

SHAWNEE, Okla.A Shawnee man charged with animal cruelty after three starving horses were rescued from his property last year has been sentenced to serve five years in prison.

John Richard Spangler, 35, is now jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center in Shawnee, where he is awaiting transfer to the custody of the Department of Corrections.

Spangler is accused of willfully, maliciously and cruelly neglecting three horses that were in captivity at his home on Lake Road June 10, 2011, by depriving them of food, water and veterinary care.

Spangler pleaded no contest March 12 to the single felony count of animal cruelty for the starving horses case and was scheduled for formal sentencing on April 25, court records show, but he didn’t show up for the hearing. An arrest warrant was issued and he was apprehended in May before his case was sent back through the dockets for a rescheduled sentencing.

Case records show he pleaded guilty before being sentenced by District Judge John Canavan.

In addition to the five-year prison sentence, Spangler was ordered to pay fines and court costs, with the prison term running concurrently with sentencing for a misdemeanor case of domestic abuse assault and battery and a separate felony drug case.

For the felony, Spangler was charged with possession of controlled substance for items allegedly found on his person when he was arrested on the warrant for failure to appear for his April sentencing.

Reports from that arrest show deputies found a container with a smoking device and a powder believed to be methamphetamine in his pocket at the time of his arrest.

The three horses rescued were first taken to Shawnee Animal Control for initial care, where they were treated and slowly introduced to grains and alfalfa before being moved to Cargo Ranch, a non-profit horse rescue and ministry in the Shawnee area that also mentors about 20 children each year through summer camp programs.

Over the past year, the horses have each gained hundreds of pounds in their process to a full recovery, enough so that two of them were able to be put up for adoption.

The third horse will remain part of the Cargo Ranch family.

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Real Animal Cruelty – Cat Killer Out On Parole

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Inland Empire pet owners have reason to be on heightened alert. Timothy Arie Kooyman, a convicted felon whose crimes include charges of animal cruelty, was recently released on parole from Avenal State Prison in Central California.
“Parolee Timothy Kooyman was released to state parole on May 19, after serving his full sentence for animal cruelty as defined by law,” Luis Patino, a spokesman from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, told the Weekly. The 28-year old Kooyman was released in San Bernardino County on parole under the conditions of good behavior, and is currently under the “highest level of supervision.”

Timothy Arie Kooyman

In May 2008, Kooyman was arrested by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies in a Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood. A deputy reportedly found two mutilated cats—barely alive—sealed plastic container inside Kooyman’s truck.

He was also charged with one felony count of recklessly causing a fire to a structure or forest, which occurred after Kooyman poured gasoline on a female cat and lit her on fire.

In December 2008, Kooyman changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. Then things took a twist when San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Debbie Ploghaus added new allegations against him; the use a dangerous or deadly weapon in committing a felony. Kooyman switched his plea (again) to no contest in April 2009. He was sentenced to Avenal the following July for a two-year sentence, for which he was given credit for time served and good behavior.
But this story does not end here.

 Moyer is angry and concerned that Kooyman will strike again based on his past crimes.

“This is one of the most disgusting, brutal cases I have ever seen,” Moyer tells the Weekly. “This guy is a monster for what he did to those cats. We lobbied at the Riverside DA’s office for over two years, asking [then-DA] Rod Pacheco to conduct his own investigation and consider pressing charges for the three cats in Corona who were tortured [by Kooyman].”
Voices for Pets’ efforts paid off. In 2010 Kooyman was charged with three felonies and one misdemeanor for allegedly torturing and killing cats in April and May 2008 at two Corona motels.

“It’s a shame there is not a law similar to Megan’s Law when it comes to animal cruelty,” he says. “Also, it has been documented that FBI researches into serial killers document [that] the majority of them have a background of cruelty to animals.”

Voices for Pets has been distributing flyers alerting residents and animal rescue organizations about Kooyman’s release. Robyn Hunt, a Southern California representative for the group, forwarded a Corona-specific flyer to the Weekly.

“This guy will not stop killing cats,” Moyer says.

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