Corinth man gets year in jail for killing puppy

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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— A 38-year-old Corinth man was sentenced to a year in jail on Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to the felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals for killing a Yorkshire terrier puppy.

Jarrod D. Lent of Warren Street was sentenced by Saratoga County Court Judge Jerry J. Scarano in Ballston Spa.

Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said the case was prosecuted under Buster's Law, which brings extreme animal cruelty to a felony level.

Lent pleaded guilty in May to aggravated cruelty to animals.

Lent was caring for a six month old Yorkshire terrier named "Aeromay" in March. When the dog soiled the carpet, Lent violently shoved a large couch against the dog, which was hiding behind it, causing the dog to be crushed between the couch and the wall and killing it instantly, Murphy said.

Murphy's office asked that the court impose a sentence of one year in jail. He said Lent had a prior driving while intoxicated conviction and was on probation at the time that he killed the terrier.

Murphy recently spoke in favor of strengthening Buster's Law at the first ever Animal Advocacy Day in Albany, joining Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, R-Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs socialite and animal advocate Michele Riggi. Tedisco coordinated the passage of Buster's Law in 1999.

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July 6, 2011
9:26 a.m.
Sparkys_Dad says...

I know what this guy did is despicable BUT--

The judge was quoted saying:
"If you can kill a puppy, you can beat a child or kill a spouse."


So, with that logic in mind:
A guy's truck runs out of gas...
If he kicks his truck door will he also be inclined to kick his wife?

Say a dad confronts his teenager about her sleeping around. She talks down to him, his wife doesn't back him up, she disses him in front of the whole family, flips him the bird as she leaves the kitchen...he take out the anger on the kitchen wall (instead of her head). So, by the logic in this case, if he punched the wall, chances are pretty good that he'll punch a child, wife or dog?

If a guy shoots his lawn mower will he be inclined to shoot his neighbor? Maybe. (I don't know his neighbor.)

If an instigator calls a guy an a**hole enough times (after he tells them not to call him an a**hole again) and says 'call me an a**hole one more time and I'm gonna shove yer head up your buddy's a**', (like Will Smith in Hancock) and then the guys calls him the a**hole, AND the guy then proceeds to shove the imbecile's head up his buddy's a**, does that mean he's also gonna kill a puppy? Maybe.

Oh, okay.... I think I get it now.
It's about a puppy.

BUT-- say a guy joins the Army, goes to Iraq, kills a few dozen insurgents.

So, what are the chances he'll ever be inclined to kick a truck door, punch a wall, shoot his lawn mower, shove some imbecile's head up someone else's a** or kick the dog?

Ya think he might have anger management issues coming back into this Disney-in-denial culture after his 3 tours of duty?

We jail a guy for killing a puppy that crapped on his rug.
Cruel, yes. The guy deserves to be incarcerated.

It's all in the logic.

July 6, 2011
2:06 p.m.
dlittlecook says...

The guy killed a living breathing thing. Kicking a car door, punching a wall, shooting a lawnmower, is not KILLING anything and much prefered to cruelty to a poor beast that didn't know better. I agree with the judge. Anyone who carries that kind of anger is a danger to anything that ticks him off. It very well could have been a child he was baby sitting. He would do a lot more time than a year if it were.

July 7, 2011
11:32 a.m.
Sparkys_Dad says...

Hey Dlittlecook--

YES. You are absolutely right!

It is a proven fact that any individual capable of displaying and carrying out such a heinous, despicable and violent act on a helpless animal, given the right circumstance, would be inclined to direct same psychotic behavior to human beings.

And I think the initial quote was actually attributed to the DA.

It's the logic behind the quote and the connection which it implies to the act with which I find interesting.

It's all so Carlinesque.
(George Carlin would've had a field day on this one!)

Too bad he didn't get the hint & just walk the dog.

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