Animal Cruelty at Louisiana Kill Pen

Kill Pen Employee Charged with Animal Cruelty

Slit dog’s throat on video

Two Arkansas men are charged with aggravated animal cruelty after allegedly videoing a heinous crime at a Louisiana kill pen.

Steven Sadler cuts dog's throat at kill pen
Steven Sadler

Boots Stanley reportedly captured Steven Sadler via Snapchat, as Sadler allegedly slit a white and tan dog’s throat repeatedly with a knife, leading to its cruel 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 slitten by Sadler at the Bastrop Louisiana Kill Pen right after someone in the background says, “go, go”.

Boots Stanley charged with animal cruelty
Boots Stanley

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.

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.

Both men are out on bond and scheduled for court on September 20.

If found guilty, each man could face up to 10 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.