Top 5 Animal Cruelty Cases of 2010

A roundup of some of the more well-known animal cruelty legal cases in 2010:

Christopher Comins

Something really stinks down in Orange County Florida and it isn’t cattle droppings. After 32 months, Christopher Comins Felony Animal Cruelty trial was held this week. A jury was selected, opening statements were made, and the prosecution presented their case with witnesses and evidence. But right smack in the middle of it, the presiding judge acquitted Comins of all charges, and the jury was dismissed.

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According to Orange County Judge Bob LeBlanc, the testimony did not indicate that Comins had acted cruelly. Comins was only out there trying to “remove the dogs from the cattle”. He said “This was not someone who was torturing an animal”.

According to the video, it certainly looked like torture to me. Upset witnesses along the road honking their car horns and yelling to stop. The dogs owner, Chris Butler, running up in panic over one of his dogs after it was shot – not once but several times. Then Comins turning around and shooting the other dog in front of the distraught owner. And that’s not torture.

Judges are elected in the State of Florida and Judge Bob LeBlanc is up for re-election in 2012.

Lawrence Mick

Jurors found Mick was found guilty by a Lucas County Common Pleas Court jury of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Investigators say Mick, along with a friend, took turns shooting his dog Sarge while he was caged last July. Sarge survived the bullets and is now living at a sanctuary in Utah. Mick is scheduled to be sentenced January 21. He is also scheduled for trial on misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty, firearms discharge, inducing panic, and obstructing official business, February 22 2011.

He still insists all the shooting was done by his buddy, Adam Collins.

Collins was arrested and pleaded no contest to the charges shortly after the incident. He was found guilty in municipal court of cruelty to animals, firearms discharge, and giving false information to a police officer and was sentenced this past October to time served in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

Michael Wondra

Michael Wondra was ordered to serve eight months in the St. Croix County Jail, three years on probation and he was fined $385. Other conditions of his sentence include continued mental health programming, absolute sobriety and not to vote until his civil rights are restored. He is also forbidden to have any animal, no matter what genus or species, in his home without approval of the courts.

Michael Wondra is a species unlike no other. Is there any chance in this lifetime that this species can become extinct by natural selection, asteroid collision, or alien abduction?

Stanley Jablonka

The, uh, public health “expert” who decided a deaf and blind Great Dane was aggressive and rabid. So pretending to be the professional he imagined himself, shoots the Dane and decapitates him.

Found guilty of the inhumane destruction of a dog and was sentenced to six months in jail. He was also found guilty of criminal possession of a firearm and criminal mischief. As a convicted felon, Jablonka isn’t allowed to own weapons.

Jablonka was not found guilty of animal cruelty.

In addition to the six-month jail sentence, Jablonka has to pay a $1,000 fine, plus a $205 court surcharge.

That’s not the end of the story. Jablonka’s lawyer intends to appeal the verdict.

Jeff Ivey

An outstanding citizen. A decorated fireman. A nine-year veteran of the Petersburg Fire Department and a captain. Well, this outstanding pillar of society had abandoned eight dogs at his home. Four of the dogs were dead and four others were barely alive. They had no adequate food, shelter, or medical care.

Jeff Ivey faced two counts of felony animal cruelty and four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

However, a jury convicted Jeff Ivey of four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

He will not serve jail time as part of his conviction. He has been ordered to pay a fine totaling $10,000. And he remains a captain with the Petersburg Fire Department.

[thanks to andrea rosebrock via cc]

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