A man caught on a closed circuit surveillance video slamming a tiny dog’s head into the wall of an elevator pleaded guilty to animal cruelty on Monday in a Windsor, Ontario court. Mark Randall was charged in January after the disturbing video was forwarded to the Windsor/Essex Humane Society showing the man slamming a small terrier’s head into the wall and then repeatedly hitting the dog in the face and the head.
And the animal abuser’s punishment after pleading guilty to a charge of permitting an animal to be in distress? Randall was fined $500 and ordered to pay $115. in court costs. He and his wife had been caring for the two dogs while their owner was in the hospital. The dogs have since been returned to their owner.
In a Facebook post by the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society, the organization expressed their disappointment:
“Yesterday Mark Randall pled guilty to permitting distress to an animal and was sentenced to a $500 fine plus court costs of $115. We are disappointed that the sentence imposed was so low. With a possible sentence of a $60,000 fine, two years in prison, or a lifetime ban on owning animals, a $615 fine is utterly disappointing and hardly seems like justice for Andy.”
Check out the video of Randall in the elevator with Andy. What do you think? Did the punishment fit the crime?
(Photos and video of slamming a dog’s head into wall courtesy of the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society)