Animal abuse needs to be taken seriously for many reasons. There is never an excuse to intentionally harm another living being. Also, it’s been proven that those who are violent toward animals are more likely to be violent toward people.
In Ponce Inlet, Florida, Travis Archer allegedly beat his 9-month-old puppy to death in April. Police say they witnessed seeing Archer, 43, punching his puppy.
Archer reportedly told police the dog made “a mess in the house,” and he was trying to discipline him when the dog bit his hand. Archer said he then hit the dog a couple of times. Police said they could see a small laceration on Archer’s hand.
Officers then followed Archer to the backyard, where they found the black dog lying on its side with its head resting against the fence, police said. Police said the dog appeared to have been gagged and was bleeding severely from its mouth. Officers said they also found blood stains all over the fence next to the dog’s body.
Archer was arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty in the Labrador puppy’s death, Ponce Inlet police said.
Ponce Inlet Police Chief Frank Fabrizio provided local TV, News 6, with a statement on the incident:
“A local resident was arrested early this morning for the offense of aggravated animal cruelty after officers responding to a call for service found a 9-month-old Labrador bloodied and beaten lying against the fence in his back yard. Upon further investigation, it was found that the dog had succumbed to his injuries and had expired,” he wrote. “Based upon the evidence that was found and collected from the scene the subject was then placed under arrest and transported to the Ponce Inlet Police Department and after processing transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail.”
Based on this case, there’s a Change.org petition that reads: “I want to present a proposed amendment to our State Legislature for consideration of amending the current animal cruelty laws specifically F.S. 828.12 (2)(a)(b) from a third degree felony to a second degree felony and to impose stricter, harsher punishment and penalties in the event of the abuse, torture, and killing of innocent animals.”
In Jacksonville, Florida, a man clearly abused his dog. It’s clear because you can see it right here in this graphic video, which was posted to Facebook, of the man striking and choking a puppy. (Warning: This video is graphic and may be difficult to view.)
Court documents identified the man as Matthew Tanner Long. Long was cited for animal cruelty and fined $505.
The video shows Long aggressively wiping the bottom of the black-and-white beagle-hound mix puppy. The puppy yelps and squeals. Then, Long slaps the puppy in the face. The dog runs a few feet away, keeping an eye on Long, who then picks the puppy up by the collar, chokes it, and holds the puppy down while spraying it with water from a nearby hose. Long can then be seen choking the puppy again before taking the frightening puppy into the house.
Interestingly, this Facebook video was used as evidence in court.
Aside from being fined only just over $500 according to one report (according to another report he paid just over $1,000). Long was able to convince the court—it was a first offense—to get the dog back under the the condition he take anger-management classes.