Slit the throat of a puppy – killing it
July 15, 2004
The case against Handy is pending; he is free on a $10,000 bond. He is charged with a class 4 felony. Handy plead not guilty to the charge in McDonough County Circuit Court on September 20th, 2004.
Handy’s Labrador retriever puppy was found dead in
July 2004 in a wooded area near Good Hope. Handy and
An investigation by the McDonough County Sheriff’s Department showed the puppy had been smothered and stabbed and left to die in the woods. The dog was killed because it had worms and the two decided that having a veterinarian euthanized the dog was too expensive.
The two men put
a plastic bag over the puppy’s head and slit its throat but the dog did not
die so they stabbed the animal several times before leaving it to die.
On September 20th, 2004, Handy plead guilty to an amended charge of cruel treatment of an animal, a misdemeanor charge. Handy was sentenced to 2 years conditional discharge and 120 days in the McDonough County Jail with credit for 2 days served. The remainder of Handy’s jail time is stayed, pending a remittal hearing on June 1st 2007. He must pay $500 to the county animal shelter, fined $500 and ordered not to own or be responsible for any dog while this order is in effect.
Handy plead guilty to an amended charge of cruel treatment of an animal, a misdemeanor charge.
Handy was sentenced to serve 2 years conditional discharge and 120 days in the McDonough County Jail with credit for 2 days served.
The rest of is jail time is stayed pending a remittal hearing on 6/1/07. He was also ordered to pay $500 to the McDonough County Animal Shelter, fined $500 and ordered to not own or be responsible for any dog while the order is in effect.
Lisa Dobson, then president of the McDonough County Humane Society at the time of the offence said "I am disappointed, but not surprised. My main concern is that counseling was not made mandatory. Violence against animals many times can progress into violence against humans. If the judgment made is not significant, what will stop this form happening again?"
The sad fact here is that for $10.00 Handy and Albert could have dropped the puppy off at the Animal Shelter.
Peoria Journal Star