Justice for Tobey? NOT!
In the case that sparked nation and worldwide response in which three teens, 12, 14 and 16 years old in Guadalupe County, TX, brutally tortured and killed Tobey, a tiny Pomeranian mix puppy, ‘justice’ has been handed down. If that’s what you can call it!! I have no doubt there will be a great deal of backlash on this!!
Three boys who admitted to torturing and killing a puppy this summer will be sent to treatment facilities as part of their punishment.
The boys, ages 12, 14 and 16, admitted to killing a dog named Tobey in August.
The three boys will each be sent to different treatment facilities for six to nine months and will be under intense supervision probation until the age of 18.
The case sparked response from across the world as the district attorney’s office received numerous letters, e-mails and faxes expressing shock and anger over the incident, County Attorney Elizabeth Murray-Kolb said in September. (KSAT)
I am beyond incensed at this!! Although at the time there was a call to prosecute the little monsters under Texas’ new animal cruelty laws, I understand that it could not be done since they were not in effect. It was hoped though that the boys would be sentenced to jail until they were 19 which was an option.
“What not everyone understands is that we are not allowed to do that unless specifically told by the legislature,” Murray-Kolb said. “We must go by the laws that are in effect at the time the crime occurs. That goes for the Code of Criminal Procedure (which sets out rules for prosecution and trials), the probation rules, whatever. They’re to be followed pending upon the date of the offense, and we’re bound by that law.”
“We believe it’s in their best interest and in the community’s best interest to have them stay right there,” Kolb said.
The teens, ages 12, 14, and 16, could be put in jail until they turn 19, if they are convicted under charges of animal cruelty resulting in death.
I, along with many, many people have followed this horrific story since the beginning and no one is going to understand how 6-9 month will ever constitute payment or justice for what these heartless monsters did!!
This little dog, who had probably never known anything but gentle kindness, caring and pampering was repeatedly thrown out of a second story window then when it’s legs were broken they hung it from a tree and beat it like a pinata then decapitated it! There was also evidence that the dog was burned while it was still alive!
Investigators found the dog had been hanged, beaten to death and then decapitated. In addition, it sustained burns and other major injuries.
Whatever happened to;
Nan Udell, an assistant Guadalupe County attorney doesn’t think this case will go to court. She predicts all three teens will most likely be sent to the Texas Youth Commission until they are 19 years old.
“These individuals appear to be so dangerous that we shouldn’t have them in our society,” said Udell.
“This is a wake up call, because really bad things can happen here,” said Nan Udell, an assistant Guadalupe County attorney. It may be one of the saddest cases Udell has had to prosecute in the county.
“This is a crime of power over something that is helpless,” added Udell.
Somehow 6-9 months just doesn’t look like incarceration until they’re 19. Don’t they look quite so dangerous now? Do you think everyone has forgotten?
I just don’t know what more to say. I am so upset, disappointed and angry over this! No doubt we’ll be seeing these vicious little thugs headlining again. Afterall, it’s been proven again and again the link between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence.
Read the Tribute to Tobey
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