A judge has decided to allow an admitted animal abuser to avoid jail time.
Undoubtedly, this decision will leave those who support the rights of animals shaking their head in disbelief and uttering a groan of despair.
Normand Girard, 52, pleaded guilty to three counts of animal cruelty which stemmed from his efforts to discard a Labrador Retriever dog and her young puppies.
Girard had attempted to kill the dog and her pups – initially by gassing them, and then with a nail gun when the gassing efforts failed.
When his repeated attempts to kill the family failed, he loaded them up and dumped them alongside a road.
Even though he admitted that he was responsible for the cruel actions, the judge decided to give him a pass because it was determined that Girard was on the verge of a psychological break from the stress of having to care for the animals.
According to CTV News, Girard was unable to handle the dogs which his daughter had abandoned.
Most logical people will be asking the obvious question – why weren’t the dogs surrendered to the local shelter?
Why did Girard try to kill them?
And then the obvious follow up to that question…why is being under stress considered a valid excuse for attempting to kill an animal?
How does that make such an act of violence okay?
Regardless of what logic dictates, Girard will not be heading to jail. Instead, he has been sentenced to community service, ordered to pay a fine to the local humane society, and prohibited from owning animals for the next three years.
Why three years?
Good question…if the stress of animals can cause this man to have a mental breakdown, perhaps a lifetime ban would be more appropriate?
Following Girard’s sentencing, CTV News reports that the man was “contrite”.
Apparently feeling bad about a brutal killing is enough, at times, to get oneself off of the hook.
Amazingly, the mother dog and most of her puppies survived the attempted gassing and the nails which were driven into their skulls – one puppy did perish however.
Rest in Peace to the innocent life which was lost at this man’s hands.
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Note: The gorgeous dog featured in the photo which accompanies this story is not a dog from this story. This is Special D, a dog hoping to be adopted in CT. Please read this dog’s Petfinder profile here.
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