There will be no jail time for an Ogden man who shot out his neighbor dog’s eye. According to KUTV News, Kim Tibbetts won’t spend any time behind bars, but will instead serve 80 hours of community service during his 24 months of probation.
Tibbetts used a B.B. gun to shoot at his neighbor’s Belgian Malinois, Neiko; the dog lost one of his eyes as a result. Neiko’s owners, Tanya Scott and her son Parris, believe that the man had been shooting at their dog for nine months based on a change in his personality.
It was Judge Hyde who opted to sentence the shooter to probation rather than jail time. The Scott family is disappointed in his decision and they feel like he didn’t hear their pleas. The family had hoped to see Tibbetts behind bars on weekends only for nine months – the same period of time which they believe their dog was being abused.
In addition to probation, Tibbetts has been ordered to pay restitution for Neiko’s veterinary bills.
What are your thoughts?
What are your thoughts about the judge’s decision to give Tibbetts probation only? Does the sentence send a strong enough message about animal cruelty?
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