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Devechio Rowland has been sentenced to 15 years in jail and one other 35 on probation for ravenous, abusing and abandoning greater than 100 canine within the woods of Polk County, Georgia final yr.
Roughly 30 animal rights advocates sat outdoors the courthouse with just a few of the canine that suffered at Rowland’s palms. Some cried after they realized the abuser’s sentence.
“I’m not good in any respect,” one man advised NBC 11Alive. “I believe that’s a slap on the wrist.”
The person is presently working to rehabilitate one of many canine. He referred to as the sentence “an insult” to the 107 canine chained and left to starve within the woods of Aragon, Georgia. One other rescuer said that her foster canine, Dani, was “price extra”.
“I’ve fostered numerous canine and I’ve by no means had one so emotionally damaged,” she stated.
The case started when the Polk County Police Division obtained an nameless tip in August 2017, main animal management to the chained and ravenous canine.
On the finish of April, the decide discovered Rowland responsible on all 214 counts of animal cruelty, together with 107 felony counts for canine preventing and 107 misdemeanor counts for animal abuse. Sadly, on account of a technicality within the legislation, Rowland was not eligible for felony aggravated abuse prices.
“We needed felony, however based on the statute, it must be aggravated, which suggests he has to interrupt their bones or harm them, so it doesn’t meet the edge of a felony,” Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd stated on the time of conviction.
The district lawyer within the case pushed for a 50-year sentence with 20 to serve in jail citing authorized precedent from one other state’s animal cruelty case.
Rowland’s lawyer referred to as that proposal “ridiculous” and fought for a complete sentence of 1 yr in jail with credit score for the 5 months he already served. He argued that the state of Georgia is extra involved with the un-taxable playing side of canine preventing, relatively than the violence towards animals.
Volunteers and animal advocates discovered a lot of the protection’s arguments to be “heartless”. The lawyer said canine’s life is just not equal to a human’s and his consumer mustn’t obtain a sentence equal to a criminal offense towards an individual.
“When individuals are convicted of actual crime like homicide or aggravated assault or issues like that, 50 years with 20 to serve is likely to be an excessive amount of on an aggravated assault case,” he stated. “I imply, we don’t hear too many 50 years to serve 20 on an aggravated assault case or a baby abuse case or something like that.”
He went on to say that demanding such a excessive sentence for cruelty towards canine might result in comparable punishments for the deaths of animals that people eat, like chickens.
“What’s subsequent? Goes out to Tip High poultry the place they kill hundreds of chickens a day and desires to make cruelty prices towards them – I imply, it’s as ridiculous as that.”
In the long run, neither facet obtained the sentence they hoped for. The decide had an excessive quantity of leeway in sentencing, with the power to impose anyplace from a yr to life in jail.
He settled on 50 years with 15 to be served and an prolonged 35 yr probation with particular circumstances that Rowland can by no means personal a canine, reside in a house with a canine or possess something to do with canine or canine preventing for the remainder of his life.
What do you make of Rowland’s sentence? Was justice served on this case?
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