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Old 09-08-2006, 08:50 PM
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My heart goes out to this little, guy....It was posted in our local newspaper. I wanted to share this with all of you. Hug your little ones a bit closer tonight.

Utah's Animal Cruelty Laws Come Under Scrutiny as Marc C. Vincent Goes to Court
By Tracy Medley, 9-06-06



Photo of Henry courtesy of the Utah Humane Society

Utah’s pathetically weak animal cruelty laws are about to come into full scope with the upcoming prosecution of Marc C. Vincent of Murray.

Vincent is the man who, in May admitted to cornering his wife’s Chihuahua puppy, Henry with a leaf blower, resulting in the loss of the dog’s left eye, but that’s not all he copped to; Vincent also gave a written statement to police admitting that he had placed Henry on a cookie sheet and into a 200 degree oven for five minutes. Henry, who is currently still recovering, suffered severe burns on his paws and chest.

According to Humane Society Executive Director Gene Baierschmidt, Henry’s front paw digits were fused together by the heat of the oven, causing lasting damage and leaving Henry with a permanent limp.

And of course there is the emotional trauma. In an article by Stephen Hunt in The Salt Lake Tribune, Humane Society publication editor Katharine Brant explained that for no apparent reason Henry "will yelp and hide behind the couch and shiver."

Vincent, who is charged with two counts of animal cruelty, scurried into the courthouse for his pre-trial hearing on Tuesday, drawing a crowd of animal-rights advocates, hoping to both; get a look at the man who put a puppy in an oven and also draw attention to the case, which has been met with outrage throughout the community.

Under Utah’s current animal cruelty laws, Vincent will only face a maximum punishment of one year in prison for his crimes against Henry because cruelty toward an animal, no matter how severe is only considered a “misdemeanor” offense in our state. This is a grossly insufficient penalty considering the premeditated and particularly malicious nature of the crime and on a broader scale, the undeniable and unambiguous link between intentional violence toward animals and the eventual escalation to violence toward human beings.

The Utah Legislature has twice denied legislation that would make the “deliberate torture” of animals a third-degree felony, which might offer, in cases such as this, up to five years in prison in addition to considerable fines.

Animal-rights advocates are hoping Henry’s case will be an eye/heart-opener for the upcoming 2007 legislative session where they hope to appeal to lawmakers yet again.

You may see his photo here....Copy and paste to your browser.

http://www.newwest.net/index.php/cit...1248/C104/L104
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:59 PM
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OMG! That is so sad! How can people be so cruel?! I'm glad that little chi didn't die...but he is probably so traumatized that he never will trust people, esp. men, again!!!! God, I hate people like that!!!!!!
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Old 09-08-2006, 09:31 PM
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I wish i could put the 'i said a rude word' in the oven who did this and leave him half baked!
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So, so sad.... I hope the powers that be in Utah are working to change the laws/penalties for crimes against animals. This should definately be a felony! One year is not enough of a penalty in my eyes.
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There is nothing I can say that will express my feelings for the person that did this to that little one.. so so sad
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Old 09-12-2006, 04:54 PM
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That guy's going to be in something one of these days a little hotter than an oven! His day's coming, not that, that helps the puppy now.
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i can barely respond right now due to crying. i just can't believe people sometimes. i mean, how can you do that to an animal...ugh. it breaks my heart. god, i'm so glad Henry is alive and I hope that sick sick man gets way more then he deserves!
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That man needs to be slowly tortured and then killed. With someone like that, If fact, I know if I ever came across someone in the act of doing that to an animal I wouldn't hestitate to kill that person. Hope it never happens that I witness it, because I hate the thought of spending my life in prison.

A civilized society has no need for these kinds of sadistic people...and unfortunately, he's far from the only one. If he would do that to an inncocent little dog, he would do it ( simply because he enjoys it) to another human being.
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