Wednesday, September 1, 2010
*Willow* STRANGLED Basset Hound. Maldonado now has a FELONY CONVICTION! Yes, Third Degree Felony Animal Cruelty. Thanks go to the State Attorney's Office, Escambia Co. Sheriff's Office and Deputy Erin Downs (Arresting Officer), and Judge Ronald Swanson for taking the crime of animal cruelty seriously. The strangling death of *Willow* clearly falls under the FL Animal Cruelty Statutes 828.12.2 * A person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
A former NAS flight student will spend six months in jail for strangling his girlfriend's basset hound last March. 24-year old Jamie Maldonado will also be on probation for three years, pay restitution, and complete 50 hours of community service. Maldonado said he killed the dog, because it was misbehaving. Do you think the punishment for animal abuse should be harsher or was the sentence justified?
THANK YOU TO Laura Catterton& WEAR ABC 3 FOR REPORTING ON THIS CASE
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