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Police that the man is accused of filing a dog’s teeth almost to its gums.
The dog, named Lucas’ was absoultely abused by the owner, Chris Barnett, who now faces felony charges of aggravated animal cruelty. Joy Percell, who testified at the preliminary hearing Tuesday, said she witnessed the filing on Feb. 16.
She said she was working on a dairy farm where Barnett was renting a home. She said what she was sickening.
“I saw him strike the dog several times in a row and then whatever this thing was he had in his hand, he put in the dog’s mouth and then he began to run it back-and-forth through the dog’s mouth. … Its head was jerking back and forth,” she said.
During testimony, some Warren County Humane Association representatives wept.
Maxwell Vincent, who rented the dairy farm, testified to what happened after the beating.
“He picked the dog up about chest high and said, ‘See, it’s alive.’ When he picked it up, a lot of blood came out of its mouth. And then he picked it up about chest high and then he tossed it back down on the ground,” he said.
Vincent said that Barnett told him that he filed the dog’s teeth because he was chewing on some wire fencing around the home.
While the defense tried to explain Barnett’s behavior, the judge was not sympathetic.
“It was just a sadistic beating,” said General Sessions Court Judge Larry Ross. “You don’t teach a dog to not chew by beating him and then filing his teeth off.”
The case was bound over to a grand jury.
Aggravated animal abuse charges could mean a $3,000 fine and two years in prison if a conviction is reached. The allegations of abuse of Lucas the dog garnered worldwide attention.
The Warren County district attorney said the office has received hundreds of phone calls from around the country in support of Lucas. A Web site has also been set up.
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced Wednesday that it’s offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for skinning alive a Vinemont family’s pet beagle.
The Cullman County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the animal cruelty case reported Nov. 18. A beagle named Anne was skinned alive on her back and sides. She was later euthanized. Another beagle owned by the family, Buttercup, also suffered minor cuts.
In its press release PETA said it believes that other animals in the area, and even residents, may be in danger as long as those responsible for the attack on the two beagles are at large. The group also is urging residents not to leave their animals outside unattended.
PETA cruelty caseworker Kristin DeJournett said usually the group offers $1,000 in cruelty cases. But in cases like the Vinemont one, it is offering $2,500.
“I’ve been working at PETA doing reward cases for three years and this is the worst I’ve seen,” DeJournett said. “When I saw the pictures I was horrified.”
PETA officials said that anyone with information about the case should call the Cullman County Sheriff’s Department at 256-734-0342. Kent Faulk.
Sheriff investigators tell us that they are working this as an active case and those responsible will face felony charges.
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