Posted by: kinshipcircle | February 20, 2009

HIS NAME WAS PEANUT

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UPDATE: His Name Was Peanut.
Case Moves Forward – Slowly.

SOURCES: 2/18/09
Angella M, angella@lavalink.com.au
Rescued With Love, Inc.
http://www.rescuedwithlove.org/crueltycaseinmackay.htm
Horrendous case of animal cruelty
http://www.aspcacommunity.org/profile/SherryWilson

KINSHIP CIRCLE, Brenda Shoss:
I could barely bring myself to research and
write about Peanut. All cases are unforgivable, but the little dog’s
bewilderment as his life was taken in pieces…gave me nightmares.
Sometimes, the face of one becomes the face of all.

On 10/20/08, Danielle and Karen Neilson’s 7-month fox terrier, Peanut, was
abducted from their home in Queensland (Australia).

Trent William Cunniffe, 24, and Jonathon Connor Blake, 21, were arrested on
charges of animal cruelty, illegally stealing and killing an animal… Even
police were repelled when they viewed videophone images of Peanut’s ordeal.
The puppy wails as the men slash him with garden shears and a pocketknife —
severing his nose, a front leg, rear leg and finally, his head. During the
video’s last segment, Cunniffe and Blake display the amputated body parts…

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PHOTO: Rescued With Love
http://www.rescuedwithlove.org/crueltycaseinmackay.htm

UPDATES IN PEANUT CASE
2/16/09:
Trent Cuncliffe’s case was adjourned to February 16 2009. Usual
court procedure is for Cunniffe to undergo preliminary assessment by a
psychologist to determine if he is fit to face charges. His case may be
referred to Mental Health Court, where it could take up to one year for to
determine whether he was of sound or unsound mind at the time of the
offenses. The decision as to whether Cuncliffe goes to Mental Health Court
(or criminal court) has not been made as of this writing… He has been held
in Mackay Base Hospital’s psychiatric ward.

1/30/09: Jonathan Blake’s court case was adjourned to January 30. 2009. At
that time, his case was again remanded until May 29, 2009. He is expected to
enter a plea at the May court date. In the meantime he is detained in
Capricornia Correctional Centre.

12/15/08: From Rescued With Love — I rang…the Police Prosecution
Department and spoke to Sgt. Scott. I was very pleased to know that Senior
Council Graeme Page, who is involved with BLEATS (Brisbane Lawyers Educating
and Advocating for Tougher Sentencing) was advising police who are basically
prosecuting for the state. Sgt. Scott said the maximum penalty was being
sought…The case is still receiving attention, and that is the best news.

BOTTOM LINE: Both men are still in custody. Neither have entered pleas. Case
is in limbo, at least until May. Kinship Circle will do it’s best to update
you and alert you to further action.

CHECK FOR UPDATES:
Rescued With Love, Inc.
http://www.rescuedwithlove.org/crueltycaseinmackay.htm
Horrendous case of animal cruelty
http://www.aspcacommunity.org/profile/SherryWilson

If  you have not yet sent comments from our first alert, you can read it here:

KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGNS:
10/31/08: His Name Was Peanut – Torture And Death Of A Puppy
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1771&seriesfirst=true

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Responses

  1. […] Kinship Circle: UPDATE: His Name Was Peanut. Case Moves Forward – Slowly. “Trent William Cunniffe, 24, and Jonathon Connor Blake, 21, were arrested on charges of animal cruelty, illegally stealing and killing an animal… Even police were repelled when they viewed videophone images of Peanut’s ordeal. The puppy wails as the men slash him with garden shears and a pocketknife – severing his nose, a front leg, rear leg and finally, his head. During the video’s last segment, Cunniffe and Blake display the amputated body parts…” […]

  2. If people can be that cruel to animals they can be just as cruel to people.It s like a test run ..I consider it a form of child abuse


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