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|11-18-2009, 11:45 AM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Mill Valley, CA, USA
Man sentenced in dog choking case
Man sentenced in dog choking case - ContraCostaTimes.com
Marin Independent Journal
Posted: 11/18/2009 12:08:00 PM PST
Updated: 11/18/2009 12:08:02 PM PST
MARIN COUNTY — A Sausalito man charged with choking his Australian shepherd and holding its head under water was sentenced Tuesday to more than four months in the county jail.
Tab Mitchell, 46, was sentenced to a 135-day term stemming from his conviction on two animal cruelty charges, a felony and a misdemeanor, said Deputy District Attorney Aicha Mievis.
Mitchell was also ordered to receive anger management counseling and was forbidden to own pets. He was sentenced by Judge Kelly Simmons.
"There is a fine line between cruelty toward animals and violence toward people," Mievis said. "It is appropriate for the court to take animal cruelty cases seriously, as was done in this case, in an effort to keep the community safe."
Mitchell was arrested last May on his sailboat in Richardson Bay, where witnesses saw the abuse take place. The dog, a female named Shaland, was turned over to the Marin Humane Society and eventually adopted.
After the judge determined there was sufficient evidence to hold a trial, Mitchell settled the case with a no-contest plea. The felony conviction could be stricken later if Mitchell remains law-abiding during his probationary period.
"Tab's a good guy who had a bad moment, and he's taking responsibility for his bad moment," said Ford Greene, Mitchell's defense attorney. "He acknowledged that he had lost control. He's had a rough history of childhood abuse, and that contributes to losing control"
Mitchell, who is free on bail, is scheduled to surrender to the jail on Jan. 7 to begin his sentence.
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|11-18-2009, 06:24 PM||#2|
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Good guy had bad moment????? My A$$. Anyone capable of this once is capable of it again and worse. Someone needs to choke him out for good.
|11-19-2009, 06:32 AM||#3|
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|11-19-2009, 07:38 AM||#4|
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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Mayberry AKA smalltown usa
He didn't get enough time..I don't understand how they can let people off with hardly any punishment. It is horrible for someone to do this to any living creature and next time it could be a human!!
Michelle, Jada and Bogie
|11-19-2009, 08:15 AM||#5|
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Join Date: Jun 2008
That is sooooo horrible!!!
My goal in life is to be as good of a person as CoCoa B. already thinks I am.
|11-19-2009, 08:19 AM||#6|
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Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Western NY
Most serial killers began by torturing and killing helpless animals...>_> At least know they know what he is capable of. Glad the puppy is ok.
Kelly and Wookie
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