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A 10 Day Sentence for Felony Animal Abuse!

Here we have yet another case of justice meting out injustice when it comes to an animal abuser! In mid-June, an 18-year-old Springfield, OR man, Lucas Xavier Fourmyle, decided to play martial artist on a 14-week-old puppy and pummeled the puppy named Buddy so badly with his fists and hands that he ruptured the tiny baby’s liver.

He was washing the puppy’s blood off his hands and taking it back tohis s crate when the puppy’s owner returned. This was not even his own puppy but he belonged to a roommate. Fourmyle’s excuse was that he was tired of the puppy’s whining and doing it’s business in the apartment he shared with his sister and the puppy’s owner.

The Dalmatian-Labrador mix puppy had to be euthanized due to the extent of his injuries.

“When people do things like this, we say they act like animals. But animals don’t behave like this,” said Prosecutor JoAnn Miller, who called this case the most “abhorrent” of her career.

Lane County Circuit Judge Eveleen Henry sentenced Fourmyle, a first time offender, to 10 days jail, 2 years probation and he is to pay $490.48 restitution to the puppy’s owner, the amount of the vet bill. Fourmyle also has to undergo mental health evaluation and any recommended treatment. He also can have no contact with domestic animals or weapons.

The prosecutor was frustrated with the state’s sentencing guidelines and even the judge expressed concern that she would see this waste of human life back in court again and feared what he might do to other helpless beings in the future, such as children.

“I think the reason that almost all people are very disturbed by these kinds of crimes is because the victim was so utterly helpless,” the judge said. “Quite frankly, I do want to know what’s going on in that head of yours, that you would commit such an overwhelming display of control over a helpless animal.”

If Fourmyle completes his “punishment” he can also petition to have the felony removed from his record.

Are Oregon’s animal cruelty laws so lax that a felony conviction warrants only a mere ten day jail sentence?? I’m glad to see that both the prosecutor and judge see that the punishment for this vicious crime falls far short of what it should be.

What good does it do to have felony charges when the punishment is little better than nothing at all. Oregonians, it’s time for you to have a talk with your legislators!! Animal abuse is a serious crime and felony charges should hold a serious punishment as warranted by the crime. It is beyond time to end the “slap on the wrist” sentences! Too seldom do we see judges and prosecutors who are actually willing to hand down a sentence, who see the true gravity of the crime, why do we allow their hands to be tied by “sentencing guidelines?”

Anyone who can heartlessly, cruelly and viciously beat a tiny puppy to death, as Fourmyle did, has major problems and yes, the judicial system better keep an eye out for him in the future. Who knows who his next helpless victim may be?

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