Anorak News | Judge orders puppy killer to carry photo of it in his wallet for 2 years

Judge orders puppy killer to carry photo of it in his wallet for 2 years

by | 29th, September 2016

puppy killerJohn Garrett Burrow, 24, pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals. In 2014, the soldier tied up Riley, an 8-month-old Lab mix puppy, with parachute cord and threw it into McFadyen Lake in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The dog drowned.

The Fayette Observer says “Kelsey Burrow, 21, the soldier’s wife, awaits judgment for misdemeanor accessory after the fact for false Facebook accounts saying the dog died during surgery to repair a broken leg as part of a Go-Fund-Me money solicitation to pay for the surgery cost [Defense Attorney David] Courie said was about $2,500.”

Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons sentenced Burrow to 30 days in jail, 100 hours community service and ordered the dog killer to spend two years on probation, during which Ammons ordered him to carry a photo of Riley in his wallet.

The judge told Burrow: “What you did was horrible. Absolutely horrible. I don’t want this to be the ruination of your life, but I hope Riley’s legacy will bring awareness to animal abuse. There’s way too much abuse of animals. Animals need to be treated humanely.”

The judge is right. But the wallet order is nonsense. What 24-year-old carries wallet?

PS: there is evidence that dogs’ brains react similarly to human brains:

Although we are just beginning to answer basic questions about the canine brain, we cannot ignore the striking similarity between dogs and humans in both the structure and function of a key brain region: the caudate nucleus. … In dogs, we found that activity in the caudate increased in response to hand signals indicating food. The caudate also activated to the smells of familiar humans. And in preliminary tests, it activated to the return of an owner who had momentarily stepped out of view. Do these findings prove that dogs love us? Not quite. But many of the same things that activate the human caudate, which are associated with positive emotions, also activate the dog caudate. Neuroscientists call this a functional homology, and it may be an indication of canine emotions.

The ability to experience positive emotions, like love and attachment, would mean that dogs have a level of sentience comparable to that of a human child.

Animal cruelty is a heinous crime.

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