Keith Barton had applied for a licence for Pet Me Kennel, said animal protection officer David Lynch, and a follow-up inspection was being conducted after he had been told to clean up the property. The SPCA officials and the animal control officer found that his property still did not meet kennel standards and proceeded to seize the dogs.
Judge Patricia Cumming must be mentally impaired because she said there was evidence that the the dog were "rendered unconscious" when they were hit and did not suffer when he was bashing their heads in with a hammer. What about the first strike that (supposedly) caused them to lose consciousness?
She did feel that one dog, Jake, who survived, did feel pain. She found him guilty of injuring the dog.
Barton told the court, in November, he thought he had the right to kill his dogs and he didn't want the SPCA to take his dogs. He testified that he couldn't let the seizure happen because he "loved the dogs so desperately."
When Barton also testified he described the day he killed his dogs as "the worst day of my life, when I had to do that to my babies."
Not only did he kill these puppies, he also neglected them while they were alive. He was charged with three counts of failing to give proper care to his thirteen Pomeranians. Why only three counts if there were thirteen Pomeranians? The Judge only fined him the minimum of about $120 on each case.
The judge gave him a conditional discharge, with the condition that he cannot own a dog or pet for the next 12 months.
This is an extremely violent act and at the end of this, we have five dead puppies, a $360 fine for not providing water to three of the thirteen dogs, the condition that he cannot own any animals for twelve months, and he was found guilty of injuring an animal (the one who survived). What about the ones he KILLED? Do they not deserve justice!?