Carmen Iben, Global Animal

CALIFORNIA — A 42-year-old man convicted of beating his neighbor’s German Shepherd to death last April has been sentenced to a year in jail and denied the right to own or care for any animal for the next 10 years. However, the man could have faced more than four years in prison. While this punishment might seem sufficient to some, others may be wondering if this man should ever be allowed to live, never mind own a pet again.

Keeping in mind the correlation between animal abusers and interpersonal violence, the Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Darrell Mavis should have reflected more before giving the man, Young Song, just three years of probation. 

A German Shepherd, like the one featured above, was brutally murdered last April.
Photo Credit: Dog Guides

At this point, it is unknown whether Young Song had a motive to kill the 14-month-old dog, who was untied, but muzzled when Song attacked her. Home security cameras fully documented the the April 20, 2011, attack, proving to be the central piece of evidence for the case.

Song first climbed a fence and entered his neighbor’s yard in Pasadenca, CA where he then shot the dog with a pellet gun. He then left the yard momentarily, but only to return with a hammer in order to brutally beat the dog to death.

The neighbor returned later the same day to a bloody scene and discovered his dog was missing. The dog’s body was never recovered.

“When our officers first viewed the videotape, one of our officers had tears in his eyes. He’d never seen anything like this before,” said Steve McNall of the Pasadena Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “In my 31 years at this animal shelter I’ve never seen anything like this.”

While Song is expected to begin his jail sentence on November 2nd, officials can’t help but

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worry what will happen when Song can care for animals 10 years from now. Some feel he should never be allowed near animals again.

Animal abuse comes in many forms, but this may be one of the most gruesome of cases.

Perhaps one of the most infamous cases of animal abuse involves NFL quarterback Michael Vick and his canine fighting operation that injured and killed hundreds of dogs. He served time in prison for his cruel acts, but after being released, he expressed his desire to have a dog of his own once again. Despite torturing many animals just five years ago, Michael Vick is now allowed to care for as many dogs as he wants. 

Cruelty to animals must be taken more seriously. Sign the petition demanding stricter animal abuse laws and harsher sentencing for animal abusers!