Warning: this is the most sickening story of cruelty to animals that I have ever written about.
Last Friday, police in Santa Fe, Texas raided a house with the intention of finding drugs. They succeeded: during the search of the home of 39-year-old Brain Cheek and his 38-year-old wife Veronica Springer, investigators found roughly nine grams of crystal methamphetamine, a scale for measuring the drugs, packaging materials for sales and a stolen all-terrain vehicle (ATV) valued at $14,000.
That wasn’t all they found.
Unfortunately, as the search went on, investigators later found a grueling and morbid discovery: 20 dead cats, ranging from kittens to fully grown mature cats. Police stated that the dead cats had all appeared to undergo various forms of torture before their demise.
Investigators stated that there was evidence of blunt force trauma, disemboweling, strangulation, and burning as well as evidence of cats being burned. One of the murdered felines was found in a box in the bed of Cheek’s truck.
Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty investigators picked up the remains of many of the cats which will be later examined by necropsy, thus finding out the actual causes of the cats’ death.
So far, Cheek has been charged with the first-degree felony of manufacturing and delivering controlled substances, and is being held on a $300,000 bond, while Springer has been charged with possession of controlled substances and her bond set at $20,000.
As the investigation continues, felony charges related to animal cruelty are expected to be imposed on the couple who committed such heinous acts.
Of course, animal cruelty charges must be brought against these disgusting human beings.
Earlier this year, I wrote about a deadly dog camp in Sky City, a remote area of southern California, about 20 miles from Palm Springs. The “dog killing fields” belonged to a woman living in a makeshift hut under a tarp, with no running water and no electricity. She was arrested, and the camp eventually shut down, but it’s likely that several hundred dogs died during the 17 years she ran her camp.
You don’t have to look far to find horrifying stories of animal abuse.
Last month Heaven, a pit bull puppy, was brought to Shrewsbury Animal Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey; she was emaciated, dehydrated, suffering from skin infections and burns from laying in her own urine, and unable to stand. She had been kept tethered to a pole in a basement, with no food or water.
In this case, the 19-year-old owner of the ironically-named Heaven was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to two criminal charges: failure to provide sustenance and veterinary care for Heaven. In addition, he will be placed on probation for two years and perform 30 hours community service.
Why do people treat animals so disgustingly?
Violent acts toward animals have long been recognized as indicators of a dangerous psychopathy that does not confine itself to animal abuse. There is a mounting body of evidence about the link between such acts and serious crimes such as illegal firearms possession, drug trafficking, gambling, spousal and child abuse, rape and homicide.
But recognizing the links between animal abuse and people abuse does not solve the problem of cruelty to animals, although thankfully 47 states now have felony provisions for animal cruelty. (Those without are Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota.)
What Brian Cheek and Veronica Springer did to those cats was sickening. If you believe that Cheek and Springer should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for their heinous acts of cruelty, please sign our petition demanding the maximum penalty for these horrific animal abusers.
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