Slit dog’s throat on video
Louisiana officials charged two Arkansas men with aggravated animal cruelty after they allegedly videoed a heinous crime at a kill pen.
Boots Stanley reportedly captured Steven Sadler via Snapchat, as Sadler allegedly slit a white and tan dog’s throat repeatedly with a knife. That led to the animal’s suffocation death.
Video initially shows a rope being put around the dog’s neck. The man refers to the “big *** collar” saying “Michael Vick has nothing on me”. The dog is then seen on the back of a horse behind the saddle. It isn’t clear what is happening, but the dog looks stressed trying to stay on the horse.
In gruesome fashion, the dog’s throat is allegedly slit by Sadler at the Bastrop Louisiana Kill Pen. Right after someone in the background says, “go, go”.
The kill pen is where horses go before they are shipped to Mexico or Canada to be slaughtered. This kill pen is owned by Mitch Stanley of Stanley Bros. Horse Co.
Boots Stanley is Mitch Stanley’s nephew. The younger Stanley’s Facebook profile states he works for Stanley Bros. Horse Co. The profile is no longer online.
Outraged members of the public called for immediate action from Louisiana authorities after the horrific video went viral. Police acquired the video Wednesday.
Warrants were issued Thursday for the men’s arrest.
Stanley and Sadler turned themselves into Bastrop Police and were booked into the Morehouse Parish Jail Thursday.
Bastrop Police and the Ashley County Sheriff’s Office are working the case. Their investigation led to Stanley and Sadler both being charged with one count of aggravated animal cruelty and one count of conspiracy.
FBI: animal cruelty
There is growing evidence that people who abuse animals rarely stop there. The FBI sees animal cruelty as a predictor of violence against people and considers past animal abuse when profiling serial killers.
If found guilty, each man could face up to 10 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.