A Missouri man, who admitted that he viciously beat a dog with a hammer, is not expected to face charges for the cruel act. According to Fox 2 News, the chocolate Labrador retriever, named “Benny,” was beaten unconscious by his owner, but the man’s claim of self-defense will apparently keep him out of jail.
Benny, and his sibling, “Bowzer,” were surrendered to Rough Road Rescue, Inc., and since the time of the beating, which took place in late May, Benny has made a remarkable recovery. Steve Svehla, with the rescue group, told Fox 2 News how horrific the beating was:
“He [Benny’s owner] just told me he said he got fed up, the dog had chased a car. He had to get the dog. He flipped out, took the dog out to the woods, this is his statement: chained the dog to a tree, stood on the chain, and thought he was going to kill him, thought he had killed him, but he knocked him out, so he walked away,”
Since nobody was present to support or refute Benny’s claim about the alleged dog attack, he is not expected to face charges. The rescue agency has expressed anger and dismay over the unjust outcome. On Thursday, a post about the situation was posted to the rescue agency’s Facebook page:
What else do we have to do? You heard that there is no charges filed because the man said he was attacked. As i stated before there was no evidence of injuries, no cloths torn and because no one witnessed the man actually doing it. The man gets off clean. And we are left with this poor animal. The man admitted doing it. The man was able to take this vicious dog, place a chain around it’s neck, walk him out into the woods while standing on the chain, beat him with a claw hammer until he thought the dog was dead. According to Missouri Statutes you are allowed to kill a animal if you feel your in imminent danger. But you must prove that you was. Also you must prove whether it was a provoked or UN-provoked.
Benny, and his brother will be made available for adoption – according to the rescue group, neither dog has exhibited signs of aggression.
Find Benny’s rescue group here.
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