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Men Who Killed Veteran’s Dog Sentenced to Two Years

Men Who Killed Veteran’s Dog Sentenced to Two Years

Afghanistan – Operation Redwing was a 2005 SEAL operation in which all members of the team, save one, died. That one, Marcus Luttrell, was severely wounded but managed to reach safety. He wrote about his horrific journey in a New York Times bestseller, “Lone Survivor.”

That should have been enough terror, enough loss for any one man.  His physical wounds healed with many surgeries and time, and to help him heal the psychic wounds of the loss of his friends, he was given a puppy.  A loving and happy labrador – DASY – her name stood for the first initials of four of his comrades.  She did what all good dogs do — she captured his heart, gave him unconditional love and was his best companion.

According to newspaper reports, gunfire woke him one night  and he fell back into the training that kept him alive before. He checked on his mother asleep in the house next door, then ran out the door.  He found DASY dead — she had tried to crawl away.  She had been shot and, as was later learned, kicked while she lay there by one of the two who were finally sentenced yesterday.

It came out in the trial that they thought it was funny, to get out of their car and beat and kick and shoot a dog to death.  DASY wasn’t the first dog they had killed, but Marcus Luttrell made sure she was the last.  He chased their car while calling 911.  The Texas Rangers caught and arrested the two.

The death of any companion animal in such a callous manner is horrible. Knowing what this dog meant to Marcus Luttrell and knowing what these dogs mean to the veterans that depend on them makes it even worse.  I have talked to veterans who have told me that their dog is the one who makes it possible for them to sleep, that they feel safe enough finally to sleep more than a few hours a night.

My husband told me about Lucy, the stress dog who was a great comfort to those at small FOBs and larger camps, where she accompanied doctors and psychologists who were counseling stressed service members.   Lucy was a lab, who wagged her way through camp, patiently allowing everyone to give her a scratch, a rub, a cookie.  Lucy would sit with a soldier, do what all dogs do – lean against a knee and wag, and listen. Listening with love and acceptance, the way dogs listen.

Michael Edmonds pled guilty to, and Alfonso Hernandez was found guilty of cruelty to a non-livestock animal.  Their sentence will only be 2 years, and a $10,000 fine.  Is this enough for taking the life of such a loving companion?  Remembering my own dogs, who lived long and happy lives, I cannot say it is.  I think I would want more.


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Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, Herwig Kavallar(This is not a photo of DASY)

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2:09PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

Shoot and kick them to almost death on their own respective doorsteps. Leave them to die. The $10,000 fines should be settled first - paid to Marcus Luttrell.

1:26PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

Two years I agree are certainly not enough for these individuals who don't deserve to be
called human. It is my sincere desire that their karma will attract the worst of the worst in treatment from those inmates who may be animal lovers each and everyday of their confinement. There are a growing number of incidents of cruelty toward animals that we are seeing across the country. It is very concerning, that these crimes committed against animals by adult perpetrators, who engage in these inhumane acts for fun, profit or some other sick need, do so without any consideration for their helpless victims, our society's children who may be directly exposed, impacted and emulate their perverse actions is feeling the effect. There are consequences for all of us as this rampant abuse of animals is not taken seriously enough by our lawmakers. Social media could do a lot to post the names on a National Registry of those who have engaged various forms of abuse. So people will can check before they sell or allow someone to adopt a pet. Just a thought.

7:31AM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

What these two did is symbolic of where this society has descended to. The war is raging right here in THIS country; where Love, Compassion, Understanding and Intelligence have been set aside for Destruction, Greed, Violence. Hatred, Self Centeredness, Lack of Consciousness and Compassion....and where ignorance has replaced Understanding, Tolerance and Community. The judgement should have included community work. I would never let these guys just sit around in Jail watching TV for two years...No....They need to be put to work, to be educated; helping out in society where the need exists, and under supervision; otherwise, incarceration fails and perpetrators become further hardened.

2:26PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Pretty Light Handed for two Serial Killers in the making. I would throw away the key.
Murder is murder, period.

1:09PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Two years are not enough. Full stop.

3:15AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Les sentences imposées aux criminels et abuseurs d'animaux ne sont pas suffisamment sévères. Il faudrait que la justice impose des peines exemplaires afin que le message passe enfin. La vie d'un animal vaut autant que celle d'un humain... une vie est une vie. Les sentences doivent être à la hauteur du crime commis.

3:01PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

How did Dasy get outside? Why was she outside in the middle of the night in this world of sick individuals? I'm glad the laws are getting better, but still not tough enough for me for these scumbags. And, why was a puppy outside by herself in the middle of the night?

2:29PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

This sentence is a joke. If, more likely WHEN, these 2 escalate their "fun" to human, hope it gets the attention of the dumbass that gave them this next-to-nothing sentence. Anyone who kills an innocent animal (or ?), doesn't deserve a 2nd chance.

10:54AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Two years are not enough for these creeps, and they had killed dogs before this one. I am sure they will work their way up to humans if left unchecked.

10:00AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Why do we even waste our money and time prosecuting these sickos?! So we can pay for them to eat three squares a day and get a GED or even worse...a college degree?? Eye for an eye when it comes to harming/killing an animal or child in my book.

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