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Boyne City, Michigan man given 9 month jail sentence for spray painting a cat — 11 Comments

  1. Out of curiosity I googled this story. After reading it I think the man should have gotten the full 2 years.
    He deliberately trapped this cat and spray-painted it’s face with a HEAVY coat of red paint. In order to do that kind of damage to the tail he did more than hang the cat by the tail while attempting to kill it.
    Raise your had if you think this is his only animal victim???

    • True. You make a good point. He’s almost certainly done something similar before, because the desire is fixed inside him, but it has gone unnoticed as a lot animal cruelty does. I would guess that 80% of animal cruelty is invisible to the authorities.

  2. What I REALLY don’t understand is the way animal cruelty laws read “if convicted MUST serve no less than and a fine of no less than.” It doesn’t read “at the judge’s discretion, or perhaps the convicted person should serve or pay. So how can judges get away with not enforcing the laws in their state? Must means must, in my opinion.

    • Sentencing is a controversial issue. I sense that most law abiding people both in the USA and in the UK believe that judges under-sentence criminals. There is a trend nowadays to sentence more lightly partly because the jails are full and partly because jail time does not rehabilitate, it makes them worse.

      Perhaps we should stick them in the stocks and throw rotten eggs at them. And the parade them through the street and mock them.

      Then force them to work in unpleasant jobs for a long time. In other words find some other forms of punishment which are relatively humane although personally I’d like to deal with this thug in an inhumane way just like he dealt with the cat.

      He seems to be a serial criminal. Someone the world does not need. Get him off the planet, please. I don’t care how it is done.

      Thanks for this Elisa.

      • The trouble with sentencing is it’s not politically correct to designate some degenerate as having no redeeming human qualities and give them life without the chance of them inflicting themselves on society again and look at the person who prison is pointless and community service and supervised release is the sensible route. There are those that just missed the boat in being human and aren’t worth spending more than semi adequate housing and enough food not to starve. You are right prisons don’t rehabilitate. They should be places we put ‘things’ not worthy of the light of day.

  3. Take victory where you find it.
    I know many people and groups think prosecuting someone who is charged with animal cruelty is a waste of tax payer money. Since cruelty to animals is so closely linked with crimes against humans It think they should 10X more aggressive when animal cruelty is on the table.

  4. No, I don’t think this sentence is enough, but at least it’s a start, meaning it’s an example to other potential abusers and also judges. And I am glad he has to help pay for the cat’s medical bill.

  5. Although 9 months doesn’t seem like a long time, it is when so many cases are being dismissed or thrown out of court. 10 years ago none of these animal abusers would have gotten jail time in any sense of fashion. I think judges should be giving out max sentences but any sentence at all is better than a slap on the wrist. He will have to deal with jail and everybody inside who hate animal abusers.

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