Posted by: kinshipcircle | January 22, 2009

MAN WHO FILED DOG’S TEETH OFF NEEDS JAIL TIME!

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KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY / PERMISSION TO CROSSPOST

1/21/09: Man Who Filed Dog’s Teeth To Gumline Belongs In Jail


ACT BY 2/10/09 – Sentencing scheduled for 2/11/09


A McMinnville, Tenn. jury found Chris Barnett guilty of animal cruelty for
filing down the dog’s teeth last year… Barnett faces up to a year in jail
when he’s sentenced. Man Faces Jail Time For Dog Abuse,
http://www.wsmv.com/news/18497464/detail.html#-

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FULL CONTACT INFORMATION. Email block + sample letter follow
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The Honorable Larry “Bart” Stanley, Jr.
111 Court Square; McMinnville, TN 37110
ph: 931-473-2373; fax: 931-473-6328
NO EMAIL ADDRESS

Honorable Lisa Zavogiannis, District Attorney General
131 E Main Street; McMinnville, TN 37110
ph: 931-473-9572; fax: 931-473-7410
email: lszavogiannis@tndagc.org

John Pelham, County Mayor
Warren County Executive Building
201 Locust Street, Ste. 1; McMinnville, TN 37110
ph: 931-473-2505; fax: 931-473-0635
email: wcexecutive@blomand.net, admin@warrentn.org
Admin Assistant, Carol Cantrell: carolc@blomand.net

City of McMinnville, TN
Dr. Norman Rone, Mayor
101 East Main Street
PO Box 7088; McMinnville, TN 37111
ph: 931-473-1200; email: mayor@mcminnvilletenn.com

Bobby Kirby, Vice Mayor
101 East Main Street
PO Box 7088; McMinnville, TN 37111
ph: 931-473-2200; cell: 931-607-8770
email: bobbykirby@blomand.net

Representative Charles Curtiss
120 General Jones Road; Sparta, TN 38583
ph: 615-741-1963
email: rep.charles.curtiss@legislature.state.tn.us,
rep.charles.curtiss@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Janis Baird Sontany
32 Legislative Plaza; Nashville, TN 37243-0153
ph: 615-741-6861; fax 615-253-0325
email: rep.janis.sontany@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Eric Stewart
500 Dinah Shore Blvd; Winchester, TN 37398
ph: 931-967-3742, 615-741-6694
email: eric@votestewart.com,
sen.eric.stewart@legislature.state.tn.us

Senator Doug Jackson
10 Legislative Plaza; Nashville, TN 37243-0025
ph: 615-741-4499; fax 615-741-8745
email: sen.doug.jackson@capitol.tn.gov

IF YOU LIVE IN TENNESSEE, EMAIL YOUR STATE REP AND SENTATOR.
FIND CONTACT INFO HERE: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/

Governor Phil Bredesen
Tennessee State Capitol; Nashville, TN 37243-0001
ph: 615-741-2001; fax: 615-532-9711
email: phil.bredesen@state.tn.us

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EMAIL BLOCK: All emails (from above) found for this alert
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lszavogiannis@tndagc.org, wcexecutive@blomand.net, admin@warrentn.org,
carolc@blomand.net, mayor@mcminnvilletenn.com, bobbykirby@blomand.net,
rep.charles.curtiss@legislature.state.tn.us,
rep.charles.curtiss@capitol.tn.gov, rep.janis.sontany@capitol.tn.gov,
eric@votestewart.com, sen.eric.stewart@legislature.state.tn.us,
sen.doug.jackson@capitol.tn.gov, phil.bredesen@state.tn.us

FOR A FORMATTED LETTER (WORD DOC), EMAIL: kinshipcircle@accessus.net
Easily modify letter. Copy/paste it into an email or print letter to fax or mail.

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SAMPLE LETTER —
This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue.
Try to shorten and personalize your letter before sending.
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Dear Judge Stanley, Ms. Lisa Zavogiannis, and Government Officials of Warren
County, McMinnville, and the State of Tennessee:

I am concerned about the case of Christopher Barnett, a McMinnville, TN man
who claims his rights as an “owner” justify the February 16, 2008 mutilation
of his Alaskan husky, Lucas. Barnett’s violent actions rank as felony
aggravated animal cruelty.

Witnesses saw Barnett beat Lucas and then chisel off the dog’s teeth until
root and nerve were exposed on at least 16 uppers and 14 lowers. The year
and a half old dog’s head “jerked back and forth,” one witness said, as
Barnett ran a saw-like tool through the dog’s mouth.

I urge officials to levy the maximum felony penalty of two years in prison
and a $3,000 fine. Please ensure Barnett undergoes psychological counseling
and is barred from possessing or living with animals. Lucas and Honey, a
Boxer also under Barnett’s care, cannot go home to this unremorseful abuser.

In addition to grinding Lucas’ teeth down to the gum line, Barnett also
bludgeoned the dog so severely he fractured a bone in the eye area. He is a
repeat offender, charged in 2004 with deliberately killing an animal in
Giles County. Though never convicted of this offense, his recurring behavior
ought to be a red flag for those who determine his punishment.

Criminologists view the intensity of hostile behavior — regardless of the
victim’s identity — as a precursor to future violence. “People begin to
fantasize about violent actions… The next phase is usually acting out
against animals,” says the FBI’s Alan Brantley, Investigative Support Unit.

Prolific murderers such as the Boston Strangler, Son of Sam, Jeffrey Dahmer
and Ted Bundy practiced on animals before graduating to humans. Dennis
Rader, notorious for the Bind-Torture-Kill murders in Wichita, Kansas,
confessed to strangling cats and dogs prior to his sadistic spree. Indeed,
men prosecuted for animal cruelty are five times as likely to be arrested
for other violent crimes, according to Utah State University professor Frank
Ascione’s extensive research.

Animal torture is a serious crime that warrants your utmost deliberation.
Christopher Barnett requires extensive rehabilitation and incarceration.
Please do not release Lucas or Honey into his custody.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Dog severely beaten, teeth filed down to gumline Mcminnville, TN (US)
http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/13218/TN/US/RSS/#TOP
Additional Research From Emilie Bottiggi and Terri Kelley, Kinship Circle
ebottiggi@aol.com, pawsitivedirections@yahoo.com
Man Faces Jail Time For Dog Abuse
http://www.wsmv.com/news/18497464/detail.html#-
Witnesses: Man Beat Dog Before Teeth Filing
http://www.wsmv.com/news/15766759/detail.html
Accused Dog Abuser Faces Felony Charge
http://www.wsmv.com/news/15588757/detail.html?rss=nash&psp=news
Demand Justice for Lucas, Pure Bred Husky Horribly Abused
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/demand-justice-for-lucas-pure-bred-husky-horribly-abused-by-owner?page=2
Man Punishes Dog By Grinding Its Teeth
http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?s=7935838
Man Beat Dog, Then Filed Teeth, Witnesses Say
http://www.wsmv.com/video/15767143/index.html

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  1. […] Kinship Circle: Man Who Filed Dog’s Teeth To Gumline Belongs In Jail “A McMinnville, Tenn. jury found Chris Barnett guilty of animal cruelty for filing down the dog’s teeth last year… Barnett faces up to a year in jail when he’s sentenced.” Please write to Judge Stanley, Ms. Lisa Zavogiannis, and Government Officials of Warren County, McMinnville, and the State of Tennessee to urge that Christopher Barnett receive the maximum felony penalty. […]

  2. Yes I agree about animal crulty is the start of a serial killer, I am retired from the California State Prison System..Yes Chris Barnett needs to be incarcereted..This is a mental illness and there is NO rehabilitation for this kind of behavior.He needs to be locked up in a mental Institution for the safty of the public for LIFE.

  3. pls stop

  4. Hi, this is Brenda Shoss. I am founder/president of Kinship Circle and just wanted to introduce myself to followers of our new blog and THANK YOU for taking part in our efforts to stop animal cruelty.

    Have you subscribed directly to our email list yet? We cover animal concerns worldwide and post an average 1 or 2 action campaigns weekly. You get the news and means to act right in your email box.

    But, you’ll never get a ton of emails from Kinship Circle… I urge you to subscribe directly to Kinship Circle’s action list today.

    SUBSCRIBE TO KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY: subscribe@kinshipcircle.org
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    Thank you for caring about animals!
    Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle
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  5. No pitty for sb like that. He must get the hardest treatment for what he has done to his poor dog

  6. […] 1/22/09 – Kinship Circle: Man Who Filed Dog’s Teeth To Gumline Belongs In Jail “A McMinnville, Tenn. jury found Chris Barnett guilty of animal cruelty for filing down the dog’s teeth last year… Barnett faces up to a year in jail when he’s sentenced.” Please write to Judge Stanley, Ms. Lisa Zavogiannis, and Government Officials of Warren County, McMinnville, and the State of Tennessee to urge that Christopher Barnett receive the maximum felony penalty. […]

  7. Hi y’all! I’m Lucas, and I have been in my forever home since January 16, 2009. I just want to say thank you for your support.

    * 11 months & 29 days in jail of which 75 days jail time must be served;
    *100 hours of public (community) service;
    *Attendance at an Anger Management Class;
    *Restitution of $5,071.50 in costs for the care of Lucas to the Humane society of Warren County;
    *Restriction of no future ownership of domestic animals, with the exception of horses, as Mr. Barnett is a farrier by training and occupation; and
    *Surrender of Mr. Barnett’s Boxer to the Humane Society


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