See Update – 12/11/08 – Man Who Axed Basset Hound to Death Sentenced

Rudy Fernandez, 36, of Los Angeles was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty after a tipster led the police to the bloodied dead body of a basset hound in a trash bin that belonged to Fernandez’ brother.

The district attorney said that Fernandez tried for half an hour to strangle the dog by hand. Unsuccessful, he pinned the dog to the ground and jammed a fence post in her throat. Samamtha, the basset hound, still would not succumb. Then Fernandez got an ax and delivered the fatal blows to the dogs head, killing her.

Fernandez’ brother, to whom Samantha belonged was incarcerated at the time and it seems that Fernandez may have killed the dog for barking.

Fernandez, who is being held on $40,000 bail, faces up to four years in state prison if convicted of the felony count, pleaded not guilty yesterday in court.

Sounds to me like this guy need to stay locked up and for more than four years and of course we know he’ll never get the max sentence.  Even if he does, four years actually probably only means a year or so and someone who could do something this vicious and vile is one seriously deranged and scary person!

Source – Mercury News

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