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

March 8, 2013


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.

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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.


neworleans 5 years, 2 months ago

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

avarom 5 years, 2 months ago

Tie his legs for More like a year....and put a collar on him too.....Ruff.

UneasyRider 5 years, 2 months ago

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

Bob Forer 5 years, 2 months 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?

gr 5 years, 2 months ago

You mean like the abuse the ones above advocated against another human being?

Seems like there's something in LJW policy against promoting harm to another.

like_n_Lawrence 5 years, 2 months 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.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 5 years, 2 months 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.

Lisa Medsker 5 years, 2 months ago

I don't know if UCMJ has any provisions for Animal Cruelty, but NO WAY would I go to war with a guy with a loaded weapon who has such profound impulse control issues. There is a "catch-all" article, for things that are just inherently wrong that there isn't a specific charge for. Heck, yeah! Some extra duty and forfeiture of pay might be motivation to learn something from his abhorrent actions. Maybe some "remedial training" with the K-9 squad in his unit? Most K-9 MPs I've known are very protective of their "Battle Buddies", and would have a big problem with anyone who was mean to an animal.

Lisa Medsker 5 years, 2 months 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.

texburgh 5 years, 2 months 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.

Lisa Medsker 5 years, 2 months ago

Tying a dogs legs together does not indicate "training" in how to subdue them. It indicates quite the opposite. I have also been trained how to use my strength to "subdue" others, but that training comes along with some measures on when NOT to use it, and what kind of use would be considered inappropriate. This has nothing to do with "training".

texburgh 5 years, 2 months ago

I didn't say it had anything to do with training. I said he is trained and has anger issues - a bad combination - this is someone who knows exactly how to subdue someone or some animal and in combination with his anger issues it becomes misused and cruel. He should not have an animal. That dog is very likely to wind up tortured again turning it into an aggressive dog. That is if he isn't dead.

Lisa Medsker 5 years, 2 months ago

VERY bad combo. With impulse control issues stemming from "anger", not only should he not own an animal, he CERTAINLY shouldn't be allowed to carry a loaded weapon in a situation with people around, be it combat, or as an MP. Training SHOULD have an impact on his impulse control. If he isn't well-trained enough to control his impulses stemming from "anger issues", then he is not well-trained. Not by a long shot! So my point was that he isn't "trained". He may have some sexy skills, been pepper-sprayed, been to the firing range, but he is definitely not trained. There are quite a few of us with similar training that are not anxious to use it on someone, even if it's a dog.
So any clue as to what may have been going through the brain of this Judge? I got nothin'... Also, why in the world has his unit not done anything, even if it's a Command Referral to Mental Health? He's an MP, for cryin' out loud! What he did is a definite indicator of his ability to perform his duties as such, especially with the "power" that comes with a badge, a brassard, and a pistol that he undoubtedly carries on-post while working the road or Security Detail. Any thoughts?

Deb Engstrom 5 years, 2 months ago

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

UneasyRider 5 years, 2 months ago

Bet this idiot hasn't. It's all the dogs fault.

Lisa Medsker 5 years, 2 months ago

This isn't a little "oops" moment. Something like this indicates an entire mentality that isn't going to be overcome with an "anger management class".

ottawaway 5 years, 2 months ago

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

snookums 5 years, 2 months 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.

Stayinpositive 5 years, 2 months 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.

Lisa Medsker 5 years, 2 months ago

Absolutely agree. How was it a single incident of "poor judgement" when the owner said the dog bit him in the first place? Sounds line a pretty prevalent pattern of oorjudgement", ifthe dog felt ithad to protect itself from its own Alpha.

Lisa Medsker 5 years, 2 months ago

Tie his legs together with zip ties while he attends animal behavior classes. THAT might actually do something.

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