Short jail time for men who bludgeoned senior dog

Short jail time for men who bludgeoned elderly dog with hammer and nail

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The men responsible for repeatedly striking an elderly dog with a hammer, and then driving a nail into the dog’s head, will be spending a short time in jail for the heinous crime. According to Wednesday’s publication of the Guardian, Michael Heathcock, 59, and Richard Finch, 60, will likely spend just two months behind bars for the torturous abuse to 16-year-old “Scamp,” who was buried alive.

Heathcock and Finch pleaded guilty to the charges resulting from the brutal “failed euthanasia” attempt which did ultimately claim Scamp’s life. The dog was discovered, still alive and in agony, buried in the woods. After the elderly dog was taken to a veterinarian, it was determined that the injuries were too severe for him to survive.

Finch and Heathcock did not want to pay for the euthanasia fee to put down the elderly dog, who was blind, deaf and incontinent, so they attempted to kill him on their own. Their attempt was far from quick or painless – a veterinarian determined that Scamp had been struck at least six times in the skull and noted that this was the worst case of animal cruelty which he had seen in 30 years.

Chairman of the bench, Frances Linsley, commented on the heinous nature of the crime, “This was a barbaric act which was premeditated and caused untold suffering to the dog Scamp.”

Unfortunately, current laws allow for minimal jail time – limiting the punishment that Heathcock and Finch will receive. Prior article about this distressing case here.

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18 replies
  1. resqdogz says:

    “Chairman of the bench, Frances Linsley, commented on the heinous nature of the crime, “This was a barbaric act which was premeditated and caused untold suffering to the dog Scamp.”

    REALLY ???

    And yet, ONLY TWO EFFIN’ MONTHS???

    How is this abhorrent act NOT FEDERAL, FELONY-LEVEL ANIMAL ABUSE… and therefore subject to MUCH MORE SEVERE PUNISHMENT???

    Damn – I would have LOVED to take that old soul into our forever home… you bastards!

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    “This was a barbaric act which was premeditated and caused untold suffering to the dog Scamp.” and the laws only allow for 2 months incarceration for these POS’s. These two didn’t want to “pay” a vet for euthanasia so now we can pay while they sit in jail for 2 months. This is NOT justice for Scamp at all!

  3. Kathleen Drude says:

    It’s sad that only 2 months will be spent in jail for these 2 things! If this had been a human being they would have ultimately charged with murder! Because it’s a dog 2 months! Scamp may have been blind and deaf but he could still feel terror and pain! Imagine someone hitting you in the head 6 times with a hammer then when that didn’t work driving a nail into your skull! Scamp suffered unbelievable pain and terror! Then to top it off they buried him alive! Well to me in this case the punishment should fit the crime! One never knows stranger things have been known to happen!

  4. David Mckenzie says:

    The law regarding abuse to animals and murder of animals is nothing but a bloody joke and what happened when this joke of a law was so called debated in the house of commons ///no change ,our great and glorious M Ps decided to leave things as they were , probably because there was no financial gain for them the whole stinking lot of them are only in it as MPs to fill their pockets as full as possible and to hell with animal abuse dog fighting or anything else . they are a stain on what was once a great country,those two B—–ds should have been put away for years , not 2 lousy months

  5. Trudy Charette says:

    The same punishment that the laws are for human who abuse another human should also be the same for the abuse to an animal. WE have feelings, THEY also have FEELINGS. ABUSE is ABUSE. ????????????????????????????

  6. Debbie Dearmore says:

    Yo know these assholes are going to get out mad and fin some poor baby to do this too again. Please keep your eyes on them.

  7. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    Those Rat bastards need to keep their stupid asses in jail. They don’t deserve to even be breathing. This is just BULLSHIT!!!!

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  9. susispot says:

    This is the ugliest, blackest pair of heartless bastards yet. I hope their months in jail are filled with equal abuse.

  10. Marina Trofin says:

    Two months? Is this a joke?
    These two excrements should be put down for good!
    Animals have their rights, and pieces of shit like these two men don’t respect their rights!

  11. Scott Rondeau says:

    Karma plus a 1 way express ticket to BURN in HELL to BOTH worthless scumbag bastard assholes responsible for the heinous horrific barbaric unjustified intentional cruelty plus murder of an innocent life!!!!

  12. Roselyne CORNETTE says:

    Intolérable et injuste pour ce pauvre loulou innocent, il a souffert le martyre et ceux qui lui ont fait ça n’ont qu’une tape sur la main, elle est où la justice. Je leurs ferai la même chose à ces consanguins, FUMIERS.


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