MEDIA RELEASE: Man Convicted of Burying Father’s Dog Alive
CLEARWATER, Fla. (June 15, 2023) — In Defense of Animals, the international animal protection organization, is appalled that Tyler Crevasse has escaped a jail sentence despite being found guilty of burying his father’s dog alive and assaulting his father. Crevasse was convicted of animal cruelty and domestic violence but given alternative sentencing of probation without a mental health evaluation.
Crevasse was sentenced to 180 days incarceration, 15 days served. However, he was allowed probation as an alternative, 36 months for animal cruelty and 12 months for the battery charge. The court has allowed both terms of probation to end at half-term if Crevasse does not violate his probation. He must submit to alcohol testing and approved search and seizure if suspected of a violation.
“Being drunk is no excuse for beating your father and burying his dog alive,” said Doll Stanley, In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals Senior Campaigner. “Over 18,000 In Defense of Animals supporters advocated for jail time, a mental evaluation and no contact with animals, but justice has failed. I’m astounded that the person who committed this sadistic crime is walking free, able to come into contact with animals and other vulnerable members of the community.”
On May 15, 2022, the Clearwater police responded to a domestic violence report, where they learned that Tyler Crevasse had assaulted his father after being confronted about what he did to his father’s dog. According to the affidavit, Tyler Crevasse laughed as he told police that he wrapped his father’s 18-year-old dog Fuzzy in a wet towel and buried him alive. Fuzzy was buried two feet below the ground above a previous dog Tyler had buried. The police confirmed Fuzzy’s burial.
Tyler Crevasse was arrested and booked at the Pinellas County Jail. He was bonded out on a $10,000 bond and ordered to be confined to his residence and wear an ankle bracelet.
“Domestic violence and cruelty to animals are often linked. The ‘cycle of violence’ has no boundaries. A cruel or explosive individual has the propensity to be volatile to anyone within their grasp,” added Stanley.
The Florida statute governing the cruel killing of animals and aggravated cruelty (Chapter 828) carries a maximum five-year incarceration and a maximum fine of $10,000 with a charge for each animal. Florida’s domestic violence charge is a misdemeanor that carries up to a year of jail or probation and up to a $1,000 fine. In cases of such cruelty, mental health evaluation should be mandated, with appropriate treatment. Fines and incarceration do not deter individuals with mental health disorders from the probability of future acts of violence. In Defense of Animals provided State Attorney Bruce Bartlett with a letter signed by over 18,000 advocates seeking justice for Fuzzy, recognizing that the case against Crevasse for abusing his father would be addressed.
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Letter signed by 18,194 In Defense of Animals supporters:
Re: Seek Maximum Penalties For Man Who Buried Father’s Elderly Dog Alive
State Attorney Bruce Bartlett,
I am writing to you regarding defendant Tyler Crevasse, who was arrested in May for animal cruelty for burying his father’s 18-year-old dog alive, and domestic violence for battering his father when he was confronted about this depraved act.
According to the Clearwater Police Department, Crevasse admitted to what he had done and laughed while being questioned. Anyone who could perpetrate such a cruel act with absolutely no remorse must be held accountable and dealt with appropriately.
I sincerely hope you will prosecute this case to the fullest extent the law allows, and I will be following this case as it moves through the system, hoping for a just sentence that includes jail time, no future contact with animals, and a mental evaluation.
Thank you for your kind attention to this matter.
Contact: Doll Stanley, [email protected], (662) 809-4483
In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization based in California, with over 250,000 supporters and a 40-year history of protecting animals, humans, and the environment through education and campaigns, as well as hands-on rescue facilities in India, South Korea, California, and rural Mississippi. www.idausa.org/justice4animals
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