Why Does It Take So Long To Prosecute?
Today, a man in Kanawha county was found guilty of animal cruelty for putting razor blades in raw meat and feeding it to his neighbor's dogs. Luckily, the dogs survived. One had to have surgery, though. I am disturbed that this happened in '05, and he is just now being sentenced. His sentencing is in the first week of April. I am hoping that the judge will give him the maximum sentence, which is 3 yrs. In January of '07, a horrific abuse and cruelty case happened in Lincoln county, WV. Shawnita Cooper was arrested for some of the worst abuse and cruelty I have ever seen. Actually, she turned herself in. (That does not make her any better, as far as I am concerned) I have a post on this blog about it. As of the last time I spoke with the owner of Timbral Pet Services in Barboursville, WV, the case was still pending.
It has been continued over and over. Her lawyer is hoping to get it thrown out. Lawyers do this hoping that if enough time passes, witnesses will forget, evidence will disappear, etc...Tim Childers, owner of Timbral, and Cpl. Sally Hatton, of the WV State Police, were the ones that went out on this case. Tim told me it was on of the worst he had seen. Tim has been training dogs for over 25 yrs. and has been involved in rescue for the same amount of time. The police have photos and statements of this abuse. I have seen the pictures, and believe me, it is horrific. Luckily, the dogs that were rescued, went to great homes. The ones that didn't survive, died alone, cold and starving. The ones that did live, were living off the carcasses of the dead. Also, this woman had some horses. I believe one or two had to be put down.
Tim told me she has dogs tied up outside of her trailer now, but they are in her boyfriend's name. By doing this, she won't get in more trouble. And, evidently, she was operating a grooming shop out of her trailer, too. I was shocked when Tim told me that the day they were there, a man actually pulled up with his dog to be groomed. Cpt. Hatton told him to get in his car and leave, which he did. He (Tim) said that the inside of the house was horrid. Evidently she didn't clean up the hair where she groomed dogs. Tim said it was so deep that if he hadn't heard puppies crying, he never would have found a female Dachshund with pups.
But, as I said, the dogs that were lucky enough to survive, are all well. They found a Doberman that weighed only 40 pounds. This is 20 plus pounds underweight. If you want to check out abuse cases, go to http://www.petabuse.com/ and click on abuse cases database. They have a clickable map. Click on WV and it will give you all the cases in WV.