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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Lawrence man sentenced to four days in jail, anger management classes, for tying dog’s hind legs

March 8, 2013

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A 23-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to four days in jail Friday for injuring his dog by tying its hind legs together.

Byron Anthony Snowton was sentenced in Douglas County Court Friday after being found guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty in a January 29 bench trial. Snowton had been arrested Oct. 24 after animal control officers found a dog tied by its hind legs and unable to stand in a yard outside an apartment building in the 800 block of Michigan Street.

The dog had bitten Snowton, who tied the dog while he went to the hospital and received 12 stitches in his hand.

The dog’s legs were bound with plastic ties used as handcuffs by military police, which Snowton said he possessed because of his service in the Kansas National Guard. Animal control officers took the dog to a local veterinarian and then to the Lawrence Humane Society, where it remained Friday. The dog had suffered abrasions on its legs, according to court testimony by a veterinarian at the Humane Society.

Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone sentenced Snowton to four days in jail rather than the four-month maximum sentence because, he said, Snowton injured the dog through poor judgment and not malicious intent. He also ordered Snowton to pay more than $2,195 for the dog's care at the Humane Society.

After Snowton completes a court-ordered anger management course, he can reclaim the dog, Chloe, from the Humane Society, Malone said.

Comments

Stayinpositive 1 year, 1 month ago

"Snowton injured the dog through poor judgment and not malicious intent." That is the most bizarre thing I have ever heard. So someone shoots someone and its just poor judgement not malicious intent. What the judge was thinking is its just a dog . Crap its just crap. Who knows what this guy did to the dog to get bite him in the first place. No he should not get the dog back. And the only "mistake" this guy made was getting caught he learned nothing and hoping his anger is directed toward someone big enough to protect themselves from him next time not an innocent animal.

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snookums 1 year, 1 month ago

NO jail time. That is using our tax money to keep him feed and sheltered or 4 days. He should have his lets tied together where the strap would rub him raw and left outside where he would have to drag himself to get to his food and water. He should not be allowed to have any type of pet from here on. I bet the dog was trying to protect himself. And why is he using military items for his personal use. Sorry nothing good in this story. Wish the dog could talk.

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ottawaway 1 year, 1 month ago

My guess is the dog bit him because he was being mistreated to begin with.

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Deb Engstrom 1 year, 1 month ago

Have none of you ever made a mistake and learned from the consequences? It can happen and hopefully it will in this case.

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texburgh 1 year, 1 month ago

I think we can surmise why the dog bit him. The man has anger issues, is apparently trained in using his strength to subdue others (including apparently, dogs), and committed a serious cruelty. He is guilty and I'm not going to argue with the sentence but I will take issue with letting him get the dog back. The cruel sentence is sentencing this poor animal to live with him.

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ridikkulus 1 year, 1 month ago

He gets the dog back?? WHAT was this judge thinking? Four days in jail and an "anger management" class? That's not going to teach this guy ANYTHING about how to train or handle his dog, nothing about the behavior of the dog, or how to read the "cues" his dog is giving him about why it was barking, or why the dog seems to be nervous around people, or how to correct that behavior. That ridiculous sentence certainly isn't going to teach any compassion, or that his dog is a living, thinking, feeling being, who probably won't trust him the way a dog should trust its Alpha. I fear for this poor dog, and any other animal this guy may ever own.

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ksgardener 1 year, 1 month ago

Did they ask the dog why he bit him?

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Lynn731 1 year, 1 month ago

He can reclaim the dog ! Judge you have to be nuts ! He should have been sentenced to 4 days with his legs bound together, and 4 months in jail. He should have been told he can never own a companion animal again EVER ! Whether his intent was malicious or not, the animal was still abused and injured. This guy is a military policeman, incredible !! The national guard should be investigating this guy, too.

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like_n_Lawrence 1 year, 1 month ago

"After Snowton completes a court-ordered anger management course, he can reclaim the dog, Chloe, from the Humane Society, Malone said."

Are you frigging kidding me? He is getting the dog back?! Holy Mother of God.

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Kris Norton 1 year, 1 month ago

It's not like it's a cat with sugar diabetes.....it's a dog. .?.

Beer me. Thank you.

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Bob Forer 1 year, 1 month ago

I have no problem with the sentence, but I find it odd that folks who abuse a human being typically receive probation with no jail time. Shouldn't human beings receive at least the same amount of protection as dogs do?

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UneasyRider 1 year, 1 month ago

Tie his legs together for 4 months and throw him into jail general population.

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neworleans 1 year, 1 month ago

Tie his legs together for about a month...................

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