Dog Killing Monsters Slated for Halloween Hearing

Dog Killing Monsters Slated for Halloween Hearing

Louisiana District Attorney Set to Challenge Motion to Dismiss


CONTACT: Doll Stanley,, 662-809-4483

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BASTROP, La. (October 30, 2017) – In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals Campaigner will be in the Morehouse Parish Courthouse tomorrow representing thousands of members of the public intent on getting justice for a gentle dog monstrously slain in August 2016 at the notorious Bastrop Kill Barn. A court appearance at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, has been set for alleged Snapchat dog slayers Steven Sadler and Boots Stanley, a felon and member of the Bastrop Kill Barn family, who engaged in a macabre game with a gentle dog, that ended with the docile animal’s throat being slit. The defense council has moved for dismissal of all charges related to the heinous crime, claiming that the vile duo has been charged with an unconstitutional state animal cruelty statute.

“It’s ironic that these monstrous humans will be in court answering to such a gruesome crime on Halloween,” said In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals Campaigner Doll Stanley, unrelated to the defendant. “The public response to this case has been overwhelming and I’m certain that the majority of animal advocates would wish that a ghoul would give them the retribution they so deserve. We urge the District Attorney to quash the defendants’ desperate attempts to evade justice and instead use Louisiana’s robust animal abuse laws to punish them to the fullest extent.”

Morehouse Parish Assistant District Attorney John G. Spires will represent the prosecution at Tuesday’s hearing. District Attorney Steven Tew is confident that his team will thwart all efforts of the defense team to rob justice from the State, the canine victim, and a public shocked by this crime and will do everything in his power to secure the sociopaths’ conviction. If the defense counsel's motion to dismiss should fail, the duo will likely face trial in 2018.

In August of 2016, the two dastardly residents of Hamburg, Arkansas, played a sadistic game with a dog who submitted to their every act, culminating in Steven Sadler slitting the dog's throat while Boots Stanley videoed the crime. In the video, Sadler likens himself to Michael Vick, infamous for his cruelty to dogs. The video of the brutal killing went viral after it was posted on Snapchat, resulting in the arrest of the “soulless sociopaths,” so referred to by DA Tew. Animal advocates named the dog “Justice” and want to see this morbid crime punished to the fullest extent of the law.

In Defense of Animals' Justice for Animals Campaigner met with DA Tew regarding the case on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Doll Stanley presented Tew with In Defense of Animals' letter signed by 21,000 members of the public supporting the prosecution of the defendants.

Steven Sadler and Boots Stanley were arrested by authorities on August 25, 2016, with the cooperation of the Ashley County Sheriff’s Department, Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Department, and the Hamburg Police Department. The pair was charged with Class B Felony, a count of aggravated cruelty to an animal and a count of conspiracy to commit a crime. Steven Sadler is charged with four counts of aggravated animal cruelty and Boots Stanley with one count. Arkansas Class B Felonies carry fines of up to $15,000 and imprisonment from five to twenty years.

In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals campaign is working tirelessly in the southern region of the US to advance the cause for justice and show state legislators that the public is united against senseless and horrific animal abuse. Louisiana, Arkansas, and surrounding states enjoy first offense felony statutes for aggravated cruelty, a crime which in Mississippi is a mere misdemeanor for a first offense.

Campaign members are aligning with judges, prosecuting attorneys, law enforcement officials, legislators, animal advocates and concerned citizens to pass meaningful regional ordinances that will protect animals when state statutes fail. In Defense of Animals has served in the Deep South for 24 years, aiding victims and law enforcement with hundreds of cruelty reports.

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In Defense of Animals has been inundated with comments from concerned members of the public about this case. Below is one of the letters we have received that is representative of public sentiment and the strong desire for the dog killers to see justice:


I know your office is flooded with inquiries of support for the poor dog that had his throat slit all while being videotaped. I have written a few letters myself.

I know this case is going before a judge soon and I just wanted to express my disdain for the two men, Boots Stanley and Steven Sadler.

Please help ease the broken hearts of millions of animal lovers out there who want to see these two men prosecuted with jail time.

Their act was savage and utterly disgraceful. I cannot watch the video as it is too graphic and the poor, friendly dog had no idea what terror lie ahead of him. These men will repeat these acts of animal cruelty, no doubt. Let their severe punishment and jail time serve as an example that the United States does not tolerate animal cruelty!

On behalf of so many others, we will be watching and waiting for a verdict in this case.

Thank you for your support.


<Name omitted for privacy>


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