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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,
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The Honorable Larry “Bart” Stanley, Jr.
111 Court Square; McMinnville, TN 37110
ph: 931-473-2373; fax: 931-473-6328
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John Pelham, County Mayor
Warren County Executive Building
201 Locust Street, Ste. 1; McMinnville, TN 37110
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City of McMinnville, TN
Dr. Norman Rone, Mayor
101 East Main Street
PO Box 7088; McMinnville, TN 37111
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Bobby Kirby, Vice Mayor
101 East Main Street
PO Box 7088; McMinnville, TN 37111
ph: 931-473-2200; cell: 931-607-8770
Representative Janis Baird Sontany
32 Legislative Plaza; Nashville, TN 37243-0153
ph: 615-741-6861; fax 615-253-0325
Senator Doug Jackson
10 Legislative Plaza; Nashville, TN 37243-0025
ph: 615-741-4499; fax 615-741-8745
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Governor Phil Bredesen
Tennessee State Capitol; Nashville, TN 37243-0001
ph: 615-741-2001; fax: 615-532-9711
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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.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
Dog severely beaten, teeth filed down to gumline Mcminnville, TN (US)
Additional Research From Emilie Bottiggi and Terri Kelley, Kinship Circle
Man Faces Jail Time For Dog Abuse
Witnesses: Man Beat Dog Before Teeth Filing
Accused Dog Abuser Faces Felony Charge
Demand Justice for Lucas, Pure Bred Husky Horribly Abused
Man Punishes Dog By Grinding Its Teeth
Man Beat Dog, Then Filed Teeth, Witnesses Say
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