A dog named “Justice”
Both defendants, Boots Stanley and Steven Sadler, pleaded not guilty to two felonies, aggravated animal cruelty, and conspiracy.
A Snapchat video went viral in late August that the defendants took while killing a white and brown dog. It shows the animal suffocating on its own blood.
The cruelty allegedly occurred at the Bastrop Louisiana Kill Pen, owned by Stanley Bros. Horse Company.
Defendant Boots Stanley works at the kill pen, owned by his uncle, Mitch Stanley and his father, Greg Stanley. The Stanleys are kill buyers who ship horses to Mexican and Canadian slaughter plants.
Blow back is hitting the men due to their exploits. The Arkansas Dog Hunters Association (ADHA) took swift action following the dog’s allegedly torturous death. Association president Jeromy Sullivent released the following statement:
The Association Board met at a special[ly] called meeting to address the issues pertaining to the videoed execution of a dog by two association members in Ashley County, Arkansas. A resolution was unanimously passed condemning the event, terminating the membership of the members involved and committing the Association’s assistance toward a complete law enforcement investigation and prosecution.
Stanley, a member of ADHA, is banned from the organization for life, as is Sadler, although he is not a member.
The animal cruelty defendants will be back in court on December 5 for a preliminary hearing. A judge will decide if there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial after hearing evidence from both sides.
If found guilty, each man could face up to 10 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
Next hearing date is October 31, 2017
Trial scheduled for December 5, 2017