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Man who beat dog with bat found guilty of animal torture


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A Battle Creek, Michigan man, who severely beat a dog with an aluminum bat, has been found guilty of animal torture. According to the Detroit Free Press, a jury deliberated for less than three hours on Thursday before finding 55-year-old David Hursley guilty of the felony charge.

Hursley was charged after he delivered a brutal attack on a young, two to three-year-old husky mix in February. According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, Hursley claimed that the dog had attacked his friend and that he used the bat to stop the attack. After hitting the dog with the bat, Hursley used a pellet gun and shot the dog in the head.

By the time that the police arrived to the scene, the dog was reported to be suffering badly and it was believed that the dog would not survive – the police shot the dog to end the suffering.

In court, Hursley’s defense attorney expressed dismay that his client, who has eight prior felony convictions, was found guilty. Attorney J. Thomas Schaeffer stated:

“It is not consistent with the evidence and is very disappointing. It is incredible to consider putting someone in prison for that. This case should have been dismissed after the preliminary examination. There will be an appeal.”

The jury heard testimony from a resident at the home where Hursley lived – that person stated that the dog, named “Obi,” was attacked after begging for food and that nobody had been bitten by the dog.

The judge has indicated that Hursley will likely receive a prison sentence – Judge Lincoln stated that “this was a crime of violence” and sent Hursley back to jail to await his sentence.

  1. rieann
    rieann says:

    a judge with a heart wow that’s a new thing for most anyway others let animal abusers and human rapists out with slaps on the hand now be good and dont do that no more bs

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  2. Barkley's Mom
    Barkley's Mom says:

    I would imagine the Judge realized that with all the prior convictions, beating a dog with a bat was most likely no justified. I’m glad the jury saw through his lies, It sounds like this POS got exactly what he deserves and I hope his sentence is long!

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  3. Heike weber
    Heike weber says:

    It is high time animal cruelty is being taken seriously and should have consequences like prison ! No animal deserves to be tortured and beaten by anyone for any reason ever! I hope this guy gets a cell mate that loves animals and gets a taste of his own medicine a beating every day for the whole time he’s locked up ! This world really has no place for monsters like this.

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  4. Penny's Dachshund
    Penny's Dachshund says:

    His ATTORNEY SHOULD be going and sitting the Cell RIGHT NEXT to his client… Maybe those two REALLY BELONG TOGETHER!!! THE rest of Society doesn’t need a thing to do with either of the PUKES!!!

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  5. Shelly R Berchem
    Shelly R Berchem says:

    SICK EVIL BASTARD NEEDS TO ROTT IN JAIL WITH NO FOOD. Homeless, helpless ”OBI” was only begging for food and never bit anyone. And this monster killed him! Pray when he goes to jail the criminals kill him in there! Then the piece of shit will never be able to neglect, hurt, torture or kill another living breathing being. And the attorney only wants money they never care about what their client has done. Shame on dirty attorneys with no values or morals.

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  6. Elvira Sparks
    Elvira Sparks says:

    I’m looking forward to finding out what his punishment is. The reason he keeps doing it is because he thinks he will keep getting away with it. Why not? He always has before?!? Hopefully this judge will sentence him EXTREMELY SEVERELY!!!!! Then will put him in as a roommate with the guy that killed his neighbor for hurting his dog. That would be justice.

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  7. ANGELA BOO SADLER
    ANGELA BOO SADLER says:

    SO HIS ATTORNEY WAS SURPRISE AT THE VERDICT THAT WAS HANDED TO HIS CLIENT THAT HAS HAD 8 FELONY, & I DO MEAN FELONIES NOT MISDEMEANORS!! HOW CAN THIS GUY KEEP GETTING AWAY WITH HIS ACTIONS & ACTIVITIES???? HE IS A HUGE WASTE OF SKIN & BONES!!! AND I HAVE TO AGREE WITH A LOT OF THE COMMENTS PEOPLE HAVE LEFT ON HERE THAT ALSO INCLUDES HIS ATTORNEY BEING IN THE CELL NEXT TO HIM BECAUSE IT IS TRUE & MAYBE HE NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED IF HE HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH HIS OWN PETS!!

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  8. Chip Bailey
    Chip Bailey says:

    Penny Daschund your stealing all my favorite negative words to describe Evil White Trash like this sick demented GOOF that should have the courage to remove himself from the planet. I swear it is hard to fathom that any man or woman can be so twisted in the head as to intentionally hurt any living thing out of anger or plain wanton desire. I do not include hunters in this statement whatsoever that need to fill their freezer or farmers protecting their livestock. This site brings out the anger in me towards my fellow man and women that do bad things to animals to fulfill their sickness using it as a drug of sorts.

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