Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Animal abuse


Did any one read this?

Two suspects are charged with severely beating dogs in the small town of Hasty, Arkansas in Newton County.

The whole thing was caught on tape and those who have seen the tape say it's one of the most disturbing things they've ever seen.

A 41-year-old man and 15-year-old boy videotaped themselves shocking small dogs with a cattle prod, so badly some of those dogs started bleeding. Both are now behind bars in Harrison, Arkansas.

41-year-old Larry Cummings is charged with two counts of animal cruelty and one count of residential burglary. His accomplice, that 15-year-old boy, is charged with the very same crimes.

The Newton County sheriff's department says it arrested the two last week after the tape surfaced in another unrelated trial. That tape shows four different scenes that shows the suspects abusing small dogs.

In one scene, Cummings apparently enters the dog pen and uses a cattle prod to repeatedly shock a small white dog. Other scenes show dogs shocked with their mouths open. The juvenile is also seen repeatedly kicking and stomping other dogs.

The Humane Society of the United States is using this case as an example of why Arkansas needs stricter animal cruelty laws. And that's something Newton County, Arkansas Sheriff Keith Slape agrees with.

"As a sheriff, yes I do. I feel they should. In the state of Arkansas, they're considered misdemeanors. But the animal cruelty that we've seen in Madison County, Newton County and some other counties that have had this problem this year were disturbing enough to be a felony charge in my opinion." says Slape.

The abuse happened on a relative's property of that 15-year-old suspect. The actual tape dates back to November 2007, when these alleged activities took place.

NEIGHBORS SAY THEY FIRST REPORTED THE ANIMAL CRUELTY BACK IN FEBRUARY (2008). The sheriff's department confirms that, but didn't have the resources to investigate.

SO UNTIL LAST WEEK, INVESTIGATORS HADN'T LOOKED AT THE TAPE AT ALL. THAT'S WHEN THEY MADE THE ARREST.

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Is anyone noticing a pattern here? What the hell are Slape and Barbalace doing anyway? It seems like everyone else has to solve our crimes! The FBI with the murders, the feds investigating. What are we paying extra to Barbalace for????

1 comment:

Allie said...

I'd like to see what Barbalace's record of solved crimes is, since Slape thought his "big-city" experience would pay off here. And arrests don't count unless he was the one who figured it out!