This is actually good news. It’s almost unheard of for someone to get four years for animal abuse and I believe this sets a big precedent. The reality of our criminal justice system is that people who kill humans sometimes only serve 10 to 15 years, many times it’s much less. Put into that context, four years is a huge win for us dog lovers who have been putting unrelenting pressure on our state governments and letting them know that dogs are our family.
By Elaine Furst For Dog Files
Thanks to videotapes made by neighbors, an Oakland, California man will be spending fours year in prison without parole for severely beating his pit bull with an ax handle and crowbar.
Charles Black was convicted on January 12 of two felony animal cruelty counts and was sentenced on Wednesday. The sentencing was attended by animal welfare advocates.
“This gives us a lot of hope that the county is taking animal abuse seriously,” said Willow Liroff, the president of Friends of Oakland Animal Services.
In the videotapes shown to the jury, Black’s dog Blueberry was shown lying down, squealing and yelping each time Black struck him.
Blueberry’s story does have a happy ending however, as he recovered from his injuries and was adopted by a new family.