Target: Judge Olu Stevens
Goal: Applaud the sentence given to man who pleaded guilty to six counts of felony animal cruelty.
A man and woman pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges for their treatment of dogs in their care. Edward Baker III and Danielle Boucher were offered a plea deal for six felony counts of animal cruelty for their torture of the dogs.
The couple had been evicted from their home in Louisville, Kentucky early last year. A few days after they left the house, the landlord arrived and heard the sound of whining in the cellar. Metro Animal Services found a small brown dog with its upper and lower jaw trapped in the wire door of a kennel, bleeding from the gums. A video of people cutting the dog free was used in court as evidence. Another dog was found in the backyard, dead from starvation.
Boucher’s charges were reduced to misdemeanor cruelty to animals and was sentenced to 180 days, although she will not have to serve time if she behaves for a year. Baker received two five-year sentences which will be served concurrently, and the commonwealth’s attorney opposes any probation for him. Applaud the sentencing for the horrific offenses against these dogs.
Dear Judge Stevens,
The recent case of animal cruelty in Louisville involving the neglect and torture of two dogs was shocking. Edward Baker III and Danielle Boucher were evicted from their home and left their dogs to fend for themselves in horrible conditions.
When the landlord went into the cellar to investigate the noise, he found a poor dog bleeding and trapped in the wire door of a kennel, while the other dog lay dead outside in the backyard. This was a serious and grave case of neglect, as the dogs had been left alone for six days in this condition without any thought for their welfare.
Although the sentencing for Ms. Boucher appears to be lenient, the court is to be commended for taking the sentencing of Mr. Baker seriously. Hopefully this will be a deterrent to any other people who would leave their dogs in such an awful situation. I applaud the decision to sentence Baker to two five-year sentences without probation.
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