A 28-year-old man who pleaded guilty to charges after shooting two of his dogs at a dump in Glassport, Pennsylvania, will not spend time behind bars. According to multiple sources, despite Quincy Cowans’ guilty plea, a judge sentenced him to probation.
Cowans shot two dogs at the Glassport Dump in December – one dog died and the other survived, but lost an eye. The surviving dog, Sampson, has since been adopted to a new family. Cowan told the authorities that he shot his dogs because he did not want them to follow him home.
Animal lovers are angry over Allegheny County Judge David R. Cashman’s sentence – rather than putting Cowans behind bars, he sentenced him to five years of probation and has forbidden him from owning pets for 10 years. The Post-Gazette published an editorial about the sentencing, writing in part:
A society is judged by the way it treats the powerless. That’s why the abuse of these dogs was deemed a felonious offense. The price paid by Cowans should have been higher. No less than confinement would have expressed the community’s outrage.
(Screenshot of Sampson the surviving dog)
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