The Correlation between Animal Cruelty and Violent Offenders
LCA REWARD OFFER LEADS TO ARREST & CONVICTION OF TEEN ANIMAL ABUSER
Write a letter to Judge Allen in Victorville, CA opposing light sentencing
In February 2012, a 10-month-old Pitbull puppy was found with her face burned, muzzle bound with tape, skull fractured, and a severed right front paw and shattered left paw. She was spotted in an unpopulated area of San Bernardino County, California by two good Samaritans who called local rescue organization, Sounds of Silent Spirits Rescue and Sanctuary, that immediately got the puppy veterinary care. Rescuers named her Valentine because she was found so close to Valentine's Day.
Last Chance for Animals (LCA) was contacted by the rescue group The Brittany Foundation about Valentine, and LCA offered a $5,000.00 reward for any tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for Valentine's torture. After seeing LCA’s reward poster, a woman came forward with information that helped lead authorities to a 17-year-old Lucerne Valley, CA resident. The woman has asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution by the youth, his friends or family members.
This case is exceptional because the abuser is a minor. California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 707 shields minor defendants by statutorily limiting what types of crimes a minor can be deemed fit to be charged as an adult. Unfortunately, cruelty to animals IS NOT one of the crimes for which a minor can stand trial as an adult.
The San Bernardino DA's Office was committed to filing all possible charges in Valentine's case as they are well aware of the indisputable link between animal cruelty and other forms of criminal and violent behavior, especially when seen in juveniles. In fact, the FBI recognizes animal cruelty as a "first warning sign of potentially dangerous criminal conduct." The FBI further advises law enforcement agencies that animal cruelty perpetrated by minors is "highly predictive" and may even be a "rehearsal for targeting humans."
On May 29th, 2012, Judge Larry W. Allen gave the minor animal abuser and potential violent offender, a slap on the wrist with 1 year probation, 40 hours community service, and an order that he is not allowed to own a dog for 1 year. LCA’s Chris DeRose said, “This is an insult. Not only does it harm the animals, it puts the public at risk for future violence. If you are as upset about this sentence as I am, contact Judge Allen and tell him what you think. I have already sent my letter.”
Please send a letter to Judge Allen opposing light sentences being given in animal abuse cases:
Judge Larry W. Allen
State of California Superior Court, San Bernardino County
14455 Civic Drive
Victorville, CA 92392
Fax: (760) 269-4844
LCA believes tougher sentences should be handed down to animal abusers as animal cruelty is often the "first warning sign of potentially dangerous criminal conduct" and is "highly predictive" and may even be a "rehearsal for targeting humans" according to the FBI.