As you may have read in the comments on the previous post on Anthony, the alleged acumbag that beat him has been acquitted. But the story is not over yet.
While Anthony remains in Jenn’s care on a technicality, the Judge acquitted the defendant who grossly abused this poor dog. The DA’s office is on a roll ruling many if not most cruelty cases as misdemeanors even though severe injury was inflicted and there is available statute to charge all cruelty cases under Agriculture and Market law as Felony.
We need to hold the DA’s office accountable for the misapplication of law and adding through their negligence further suffering to these poor animals. The ADA in this case openly admitted that she did not file proper papers nor did she apply the available statute as she was too case heavy and did not have time.
Is this how we intended our government to allocate our tax dollars? I think not!
Here is more information about the case:
Alleged Dog Abuser May Get Dog Back
Harlem resident, Michael Johnson, who allegedly pummeled his dog into the floor and/or wall of his apartment in October 2006 returns to Hon. Judge Neil Ross’ courtroom on Monday 1/28/08, facing misdemeanor charges of Torturing & Injuring Animals in violation of the Agricultural & Market Law, Sect 353. The two year old American Staffordshire Terrier-mix, now renamed Anthony (formerly called Predator by Johnson), has since recovered and is flourishing under the care of his foster parent, Jennifer Panton for the past 10 months (see Anthony with his current roommates in photo attached).
Johnson faces up to 1 year in jail and/or 3 years probation if found guilty. Johnson has stated he wants to retain custody of Anthony, which could happen if he is acquitted.