Louisiana Snapchat Dog Slayers to be Sentenced
CONTACT: Doll Stanley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 662-809-4483
VIDEO (Graphic): https://youtu.be/mLW8erts66Q
BASTROP, La. (June 14, 2018) – In Defense of Animals, an international non-profit animal advocacy organization, will be in Morehouse Circuit Court at 9 a.m. June 14 for the sentencing of the notorious Louisiana Snapchat Dog slayers Boots Stanley and Steven Sadler. In August 2016, these two residents of Hamburg, Arkansas, played a sadistic game with a docile dog that culminated in Sadler slitting the dog's throat, while Stanley videoed the crime. The video of this brutal killing went viral after being posted on Snapchat, resulting in the arrest of these malicious dog torturers and killers.
What: Sentencing of Snapchat Dog Slayers, Boots Stanley & Steven Sadler
Where: Morehouse Parish 4th District Circuit Court, 100 East Madison Ave., Bastrop, LA
When: 9 a.m.
In Defense of Animals Justice for Animals campaigner Doll Stanley stated, “We applaud District Attorney Steve Tew and Assistant District Attorney John Spires for their steadfast prosecution of these heartless men. When I delivered 21,000 signed letters in October 2017 from people in the U.S. and Europe USA urging prosecution of the Snapchat slayers, it was evident that DA Steve Tew, Assistant DA John Spires, and their staff were dedicated to pursuing the case and bringing the perpetrators to justice. Tew and his team admirably cut the defendants no slack whatsoever.”
Sadler and Stanley were arrested on August 25, 2016 with the cooperation of the Ashley County Sheriff’s Department, the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Department, and the Hamburg Police Department. The pair was charged with a Class B Felony, one count of aggravated animal cruelty, and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime.
The defense for both Stanley Boots and Steven Sadler tried unsuccessfully to have the case dismissed, claiming the State statute under which they were being prosecuted is unconstitutional, and that Boots and Sadler were within their rights to kill the dog - named “Choppa” - because he was a Pit Bull at large with no known guardian. However, Choppa’s guardian saw one of In Defense of Animals’ posts about the crime on social media and reached out to identify the dog and confirm that he had been stolen.
“This crime was diabolic,” said Stanley, who spearheads In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals campaign in Mississippi. “There is no conceivable reason for anyone, particularly two grown men, to toy with a docile, trusting and innocent animal and then sadistically slit his throat. In Defense of Animals relentlessly covered this case and we will be in court on June 14 to hear 4th District Court Judge Carl Sharp hand down the infamous duo’s sentencing.”
Louisiana, Arkansas, and surrounding states have a first offense felony statute for aggravated cruelty, a crime which in Mississippi is only a misdemeanor for a first offense.
In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals Campaign is working with judges, prosecuting attorneys, law enforcement officials, legislators, animal advocacy coalitions, and concerned citizens to pass meaningful regional ordinances, while working for tougher state statutes to deter and prosecute crimes against animals. In Defense of Animals has served in the Deep South for 25 years, aiding victims and law enforcement in hundreds of cruelty responses.
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