"LCA's Most Wanted," Thomas Spencer, sentenced to five years in prison

Escrito por Nuria Querol i Viñas. Publicado en News in English.

On Friday, April 15th, 2005, LCA's "Most Wanted," Thomas Spencer, was sentenced to 20 years -- five of which are to be served in prison -- for the beating of a four-month old puppy and additional charges. Spencer must also undergo psychiatric treatment, maintain his drug therapy, and refrain from ownership of any animals for the length of his sentence.  
"LCA's Most Wanted," Thomas Spencer,
Sentenced to Five Years in Prison!



On Friday, April 15th, 2005, LCA's "Most Wanted," Thomas Spencer, was sentenced to 20 years -- five of which are to be served in prison -- for the beating of a four-month old puppy and additional charges. Spencer must also undergo psychiatric treatment, maintain his drug therapy, and refrain from ownership of any animals for the length of his sentence.

In the first felony animal cruelty case in Fulton County's history, Spencer was charged with the December, 2000 beating of the German Shepherd puppy, during which he threatened the life of both the his girlfriend and the animal. The puppy was rendered unconscious by the beating and suffered a concussion as well as hemorrhaging of the eyes. Not surprisingly, the puppy later died. Then, in May 2002, as his criminal trial approached, Spencer set fire to his neighbor's car just feet from his home. The neighbor was scheduled to testify against Spencer at trial.

Spencer pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals, terroristic threats, arson, threatening a witness in an official proceeding, driving with a suspended license, and possession of cocaine.

LCA's campaign to make sure Thomas Spencer paid for what he did to this innocent puppy was only possible thanks to your overwhelming support! Your countless phone calls, emails, faxes, and letters to Judge Arrington were crucial in making this case a priority to the court and sent the message loud and clear that animal abuse is utterly unacceptable.

For more information on the case against Spencer, please visit: www.lcanimal.org/wanted.html


CASE CLOSED: Thomas Spencer Finally Sentenced!
Published 12-3-04 (Winthrope Park, Georgia)

The Fulton County district attorney's office has announced that Thomas Spencer, 56, has been sentenced to five years in prison. He is also barred from owning any animals for 20 years and must undergo psychiatric treatment. Reportedly this is the first felony animal cruelty case in the county.

On December 31, 2000, police responded to a domestic dispute call and witnessed Thomas E. Spencer beating his 4-month old puppy in the head while restraining him between his legs. Police reported that the puppy's eyes were swollen shut and bleeding and there was blood and feces everywhere. Spencer's common-law wife, Bonnie Wilson said that he had been beating the puppy for hours. The pup was taken to a veterinarian and treated, but was given back to Wilson by police later. Prosecutors stated that they would work on getting the dog removed from the home, but neighbors have said that the pup later disappeared and the couple got another dog.

Spencer was charged with felony animal cruelty and terroristic threats, but for various reasons, his trial was postponed repeatedly, most recently due to his attorney asking that Spencer be given a psychiatric evaluation. Spencer was found competent to stand trial and plead guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals, terroristic threats, arson, threatening a witness in an official proceeding, driving with a suspended license and possession of cocaine. This case went on for a period of four and a half years.


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