Bobby Loggins, who last summer, punched his five-month-old American Bulldog 30 times in the face – killing it, has been convicted of Animal Torture.  In Iowa, Animal Torture is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to two years in prison.  Just this past Friday, Judge Gary E. Wenell sentenced Bobby Loggins to 365 days in jail but suspended 335 days of that sentence and credited Loggins for time already served.  He only spends 30 days in jail.

Trust me, if I was to post what I initially wrote about this sentence, Deanna would fire me in a heartbeat.  The sentence this judge handed down to this knuckledragger, Bobby Loggins, is a complete joke.  Get this.  Here is the Judge’s reasoning for giving the light sentence:

“The dog was his own.  It was not some valuable fancy show dog belonging to another. It was not a neighbor boy’s dog, it was not an elderly person’s companion…We do not have a statewide problem with this kind of crime.”

Whoa…whoa…wait a minute…because he owned the animal it it’s OK to give him a light sentence?  Because Sire was not some valuable fancy show dog and because it was not the neighbor boy’s or an elderly person’s companion he shouldn’t have to face much jail time?

And he thinks there is no statewide problem with this kind of crime?  Well golly gee Your Honor, you sure as hell will have a statewide problem now!

And of course, Loggins’ wife, Rochelle, boohooed it to the court.  She described her husband as a “very good” father and said he did not have a history of domestic violence or abuse in the home.  The loss of her husband’s income, if he were incarcerated, would create a hardship for her and the couple’s two children, ages 5 and 10.

No abuse in the home?  He beat a puppy to death.  Hate to see what she considers real abuse.  At the trial, Loggins’ friend Chad Peterson testified…

…that on June 9 he drank beer and smoked marijuana with Loggins while fishing on the Missouri River. Later that day at Loggins’ home, Peterson said, he saw Loggins feed the puppy, Sire, “bowl after bowl of beer.” When the puppy urinated on the dining room carpet, Peterson said, he saw Loggins straddle it, put his arm around it and punch it more than 10 times in the head. Loggins then picked the puppy up by its tail and ears and took it outside through a back door.

Peterson testified that when Loggins brought the puppy back inside the house and set it on the kitchen floor, it couldn’t walk and was bleeding. “To me it looked like the dog was paralyzed,” he said. “He was shaking. It looked like convulsions. He was coughing up blood.”

While Peterson knelt down next to the puppy and tried to comfort it, he said, Loggins stood there and showed no remorse for what had happened. Peterson said he confronted Loggins about his reaction and that Loggins shoved him into a chair and told him to leave.

Let’s see, this good father was also charged with false reporting after he told police the dog had just been hit by a car.  Then he changed his story to the police – he accidentally slammed the dog’s head in the door.

Oh, and according to court records in Woodbury County, Bobby Loggins has 25 cases for driving violations or drugs.  The latest case for animal torture brings the total to date to 26 cases.  Most of these are driving violations but what’s troubling is that Bobby Loggins has been labeled a “habitual offender” by consistently driving while his license was suspended/revoked.  Keywords here:  Habitual Offender.

Bobby Loggins is a ticking time bomb.  And Rochelle Loggins is obviously a few fries short of a Happy Meal.

In addition to jail time, Loggins must pay a $625 fine and $300 to the Iowa Department of Corrections. He will also reimburse the Woodbury County Jail $50 for each day he is incarcerated. Loggins is required to undergo substance abuse counseling and a psychological evaluation. Loggins will be on probation for 18 months upon his release.

Should anyone wish to let the Judge know their thoughts, your firm but respectful letters can be sent to:

Leesa McNeil
District Court Administrator
Woodbury County Courthouse
7th and Douglas, Room 210
Sioux City, IA 51101

Iowa…you have a problem.  In fact, it looks like you have several problems.

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