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Man Gets 18 Months For Beating Puppy To Death
MaineToday.com ^ | 12/08/04 | Alan Crowell

Posted on 12/08/2004 12:45:36 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

SKOWHEGAN -- A 26-year-old Fairfield man was sentenced to 18 months behind bars Tuesday for beating a 4-month-old wolf-hybrid puppy to death with his fists.

James Mayhew pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty in Somerset County Superior Court. Superior Court Chief Justice Nancy Mills sentenced Mayhew to five years in prison with all but 18 months suspended. Mayhew will be on probation for four years after he is released.

Kennebec and Somerset County District Attorney Evert N. Fowle said Tuesday afternoon that his office treats animal cruelty cases seriously because studies show a link between abuse of animals and violence against humans.

"People who would abuse or torture innocent animals are people who would do the same (to humans) under the right circumstances," Fowle said.

It was the second time in less than a week that a prison sentence was handed down for the relatively rare felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty in Fowle's jurisdiction.

In Augusta last week, Superior Court Justice Joseph Jabar sentenced a Randolph man to four years behind bars for running over and killing his girlfriend's pregnant cat.

Jabar said the act amounted to domestic abuse because it was an attempt to control his girlfriend. One witness described the man "howling and laughing," before killing the cat.

In the Mayhew case, Fowle said there was no link to domestic violence. The Fairfield man was apparently upset because the puppy urinated in his apartment.

"He beat the dog to death because it urinated inside his residence, but the dog urinated because it was scared to death of him because of past abusive treatment," Fowle said.

Police said the puppy was beaten over a period of two months and died on July 31.

An autopsy concluded the puppy had a broken rib, a severely bruised lung and bruised muscles around the head and ears.

Police said at the time of Mayhew's arrest, a veterinarian who performed the autopsy concluded the puppy either bled to death or suffocated on its own blood.

Mayhew had no other pets or animals at his Mountain Avenue home. He apparently had seen the dog advertised for sale and bought it at eight or six weeks old.


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KEYWORDS: animalcruelty; fairfield; jamesmayhew; puppy; puppypulp; redheadedstepdog; sadism; sadist; skowhegan; tenderizingthemeat
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Good.

Not nearly long enough... but: good.

1 posted on 12/08/2004 12:45:38 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Good.

Not nearly long enough... but: good.

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Damn right!


2 posted on 12/08/2004 12:46:25 PM PST by kingsurfer
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

OMG that is sooo sick. He deserves to be beat up himself!


3 posted on 12/08/2004 12:47:06 PM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

And yet thousands of innocent babies are murdered in the womb everyday and it's called "choice".


4 posted on 12/08/2004 12:47:08 PM PST by MisterRepublican ("I must go. I must be elusive.")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Sick sonofab&tch...


5 posted on 12/08/2004 12:47:15 PM PST by RockinRight (Liberals are OK with racism and sexism, as long as it is aimed at a Republican.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle; All

Hmm, rip a preterm 8 month old limb from limb, and get paid... Beat a puppy and get 18 months..

Isn't there some inequeity here?


6 posted on 12/08/2004 12:47:39 PM PST by 1stFreedom
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To: MisterRepublican
And yet thousands of innocent babies are murdered in the womb everyday and it's called "choice".

...? One cannot find both morally abhorrent...?

7 posted on 12/08/2004 12:48:10 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Hope Maine does have a "Shawshank" prison so he could get aquainted with "The Sisters".


8 posted on 12/08/2004 12:48:18 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: 1stFreedom

See #7; same question.


9 posted on 12/08/2004 12:48:54 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

A few years ago, a man in Florida was sentenced for killing his dog because he thought the dog was gay.


10 posted on 12/08/2004 12:49:08 PM PST by NautiNurse
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

The prosecutor is right. People who treat animals like this will inevitably treat a human being like this given a motive and the opportunity.


11 posted on 12/08/2004 12:49:36 PM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Hope you guys don't get any flak for condemning the animal abuser. There's way too many folks on this board who will see you as PETA or animal rights extremists.


12 posted on 12/08/2004 12:49:41 PM PST by A Ruckus of Dogs
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To: MisterRepublican

Very true...but this kind of thing still turns my stomach anyway...imagine what he would do to a helpless child because s/he made the mistake of having a potty training accident. Not much of a stretch for some of these psychos.


13 posted on 12/08/2004 12:49:42 PM PST by exnavychick (Just my two cents, as usual.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"People who would abuse or torture innocent animals are people who would do the same (to humans) under the right circumstances," Fowle said.

Welcome to the Pre-Crime unit. 18 months is too harsh for animal abuse. Make the guy do a ton of community service and probation, toss in some counseling, maybe a month or two behind bars. 18 months is waaaaaaay out of line for killing an animal.

14 posted on 12/08/2004 12:50:03 PM PST by American_Centurion (I am the martyrs' bane.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
This sounds a little extreme. What if he had beaten a squirrel or a hamster to death the same way? Lock 'em up?
15 posted on 12/08/2004 12:50:28 PM PST by leadpencil1 (google "al-Taqiyya")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
This guy is total trash. A real time bomb.

Maybe he'll get raped in prison....here's hoping.

16 posted on 12/08/2004 12:51:02 PM PST by zarf
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
These stories really PISS me off. There, I did it too!

MAY HE ROT IN HELL.

17 posted on 12/08/2004 12:51:18 PM PST by NordP (Proud Member of God's GOTV)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Good. Perhaps he should be turned loose in a cage with a dozen mean, hungry bull mastiffs and see if he can control his bladder!
18 posted on 12/08/2004 12:51:44 PM PST by TChris (You keep using that word. I don't think it means what yHello, I'm a TAGLINE vir)
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To: HairOfTheDog

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19 posted on 12/08/2004 12:52:20 PM PST by ambrose
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Well I realize it was only a dog, but the time he is getting is not long enough...


20 posted on 12/08/2004 12:52:36 PM PST by Americanwolf (Democratic Underground... Digital Crack for the the loony left.....Hey troll! Put the pipe down!)
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To: American_Centurion
Don't agree with you. His method of cruelty and control is a sign of a sicko.

Here's hoping he gets a severe beating in prison.

21 posted on 12/08/2004 12:52:42 PM PST by zarf
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Did this sick dumbass think puppies are born housebroken? They should lock these people up with the same dogs that are eventually destroyed because they attack or kill a person.


22 posted on 12/08/2004 12:53:31 PM PST by floydibanezer
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I'll admit that anyone who beats up a baby puppy is sick, but you shouldn't go to prison for 1 1/2 years for being sick. People have gotten less for worse things.


23 posted on 12/08/2004 12:53:48 PM PST by Asphalt (Three can keep a secret if two are dead.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Reminds me of a story in the local paper today where a 21 year old sailor killed his 28 day old son while the mother slept by sitting on the baby to keep the little guy quiet so that the sailor could play Pokemon on a Game Boy machine. The sailor pleaded guilty to murder, five counts of "assault by means likely to cause grievous bodily harm" and one count of "assault consummated by a battery." Sailor got life in prison.


24 posted on 12/08/2004 12:53:51 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"He beat the dog to death because it urinated inside his residence, but the dog urinated because it was scared to death of him because of past abusive treatment," Fowle said."

A four month old puppy doesn't have a large bladder and is unable to hold it for very long. How would he have liked it if his parents beat him to death at four months because he couldn't hold his bladder? People like him who abuse humans and pets are the derelicts of our society. Lock him up and let him see where the animals are....
25 posted on 12/08/2004 12:53:51 PM PST by Ginifer
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle; annyokie; ArmyBratCutie; atomic_dog; AZBigDog; CindyDawg; ...

PAJAMA PUPPIES PING!


26 posted on 12/08/2004 12:54:03 PM PST by LakeLady (It makes this girl so proud to be one of the mid-underestimated millions of dumb Americans.)
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To: MisterRepublican

We can care about both in appropriate degrees.


27 posted on 12/08/2004 12:54:05 PM PST by najida (Aunt to Miss Emily Ann- Cutest Baby in the World.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Sick


28 posted on 12/08/2004 12:55:34 PM PST by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Somewhere OJ is laughing his arse off!!
29 posted on 12/08/2004 12:55:39 PM PST by BallyBill (I'm a God fearing man and with many I stand....)
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To: American_Centurion

He deserves much, much more than 18 months. That type of person can't be trusted around anyone or anything helpless.


30 posted on 12/08/2004 12:55:42 PM PST by najida (Aunt to Miss Emily Ann- Cutest Baby in the World.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Death penalty.


31 posted on 12/08/2004 12:56:34 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl (OMGIIHIHOIIC ping list)
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To: areafiftyone
He deserves to be beat up himself!

He will be.

Then he will be a wife for 18 months.

32 posted on 12/08/2004 12:56:43 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: Americanwolf

Not long enough? What about people who shoot birds for their feathers. Should I go to prison for three years for killing a bird for the heck of it? Maybe you should stop eating meat...


33 posted on 12/08/2004 12:56:45 PM PST by Asphalt (Three can keep a secret if two are dead.)
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To: NordP

I'll 2nd that!!


34 posted on 12/08/2004 12:57:04 PM PST by codyjacksmom (Proud, new 1st time grandma as of 11/07/04....now it's payback time!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
This is a terrible precedent!

Animals are not human, they are property to be stewarded by us.

I am totally against animal cruelty, but this is very, very wrong. Animals cannot have rights.

This should be a misdemeanor at most. For those of us who grew up on farms, we realize how anyone can think any care given an animal would be cruel in some form (they are left outside, fed scraps, etc.). We even have to put down animals. This criminalizes that behavior, too.

Additionally, locking someone up in anticipation of the same being done with a human is grossly unfair. I do not doubt the guy is psycho to some extent, but should we lock up people before a crime is committed or even planned?
35 posted on 12/08/2004 12:57:38 PM PST by ScottM1968
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To: leadpencil1
This sounds a little extreme

Not extreme enough. The guy should be hung by the nuts and beaten with a pipe before he locked up. After they let him out, he should be forced to wear a tracking device because it's only a matter of time before he extends his violence to an innocent human.

36 posted on 12/08/2004 12:57:52 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: zarf
His method of cruelty and control is a sign of a sicko.

IMO people who value animal life over human life show signs of mental disorder, were my opinion to become the dominant theory of law make you happy to wind up with 18 months in a mental hospital because of your statements here?

Yes, the guy was extremely cruel, and undoubtedly out of control with his actions. Punishment is deserved, 18 months is too much, besides do you think he'll be a better or worse person after spending 18 months with murderers, rapists, and other assorted thugs? Please invite him to dinner when he gets out, I'm sure he will see everything your way then.

38 posted on 12/08/2004 12:58:21 PM PST by American_Centurion (I am the martyrs' bane.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
...beating a 4-month-old wolf-hybrid puppy to death with his fists.

Oooo....what a man. He oughta try it with someone his own size. Or maybe he should be tossed in a ring with a hungry adult Timberwolf. 4ft. at the shoulders. Let's see how tough he really is.

39 posted on 12/08/2004 12:59:07 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (All I ask from livin' is to have no chains on me. All I ask from dyin' is to go naturally.)
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To: NautiNurse
A few years ago, a man in Florida was sentenced for killing his dog because he thought the dog was gay.

Hmmm...the movie Christmas Vacation comes to mind:

Eddie: "He's cute, ain't he? Only problem is, he's got a little bit of Mississippi leg hound in him. If the mood catches him right, he'll grab your leg, and just go to town.

You don't want him around if you're wearing short pants if you know what I mean.

A word of warning though: If he does lay into you, it's best to just let him finish."

40 posted on 12/08/2004 12:59:07 PM PST by Recovering Hermit
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To: zarf

"Maybe he'll get raped in prison....here's hoping"

Yeah so that when he is out in 18 mos he is even more of a psychopath.


41 posted on 12/08/2004 12:59:25 PM PST by OneTimeLurker
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To: American_Centurion
IMO people who value animal life over human life show signs of mental disorder, were my opinion to become the dominant theory of law make you happy to wind up with 18 months in a mental hospital because of your statements here?

Wow, that's some mixed-up "logic."

42 posted on 12/08/2004 12:59:49 PM PST by Nathaniel Fischer
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Right. If the other inmates find out why he's in jail, those months won't seem so short to him . . .


43 posted on 12/08/2004 12:59:54 PM PST by cvq3842
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To: ScottM1968
Additionally, locking someone up in anticipation of the same being done with a human is grossly unfair. I do not doubt the guy is psycho to some extent, but should we lock up people before a crime is committed or even planned?

Apparently there are some here who would gladly do that, including hoping the person gets raped in prison. Gee, that's swell.

44 posted on 12/08/2004 1:00:41 PM PST by American_Centurion (I am the martyrs' bane.)
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To: Asphalt; Americanwolf
I'll admit that anyone who beats up a baby puppy is sick, but you shouldn't go to prison for 1 1/2 years for being sick. People have gotten less for worse things.

Using your logic I should be okay next time the little 6 year old brat down the street starts throwing rocks at my house. After telling him over 25 times to not throw rocks I will just snap and beat him up to stop it. I must be sick to think like that and in your book I don't deserve jail time either. I'm sure his parents will accept my apology and move along without any concern. /sarcasm

46 posted on 12/08/2004 1:01:10 PM PST by Americanwolfsbrother (Democratic Underground: Home of the Mental Midget Society)
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To: American_Centurion

--"People who would abuse or torture innocent animals are people who would do the same (to humans) under the right circumstances," Fowle said.--

--Welcome to the Pre-Crime unit. 18 months is too harsh for animal abuse. Make the guy do a ton of community service and probation, toss in some counseling, maybe a month or two behind bars. 18 months is waaaaaaay out of line for killing an animal.--

18 months in prison does seem a bit excessive. I would have favored perhaps a couple of months in prison, a restraining order with severe consequences against repeats of such action, and a hefty, hefty financial fine. It gives both the prison record and hits him where he'll remember it -- in the pocketbook.

My fear on making this too excessive is that veal will eventually result in 18 months in prison before the activists are through using these laws. I love my animals and would want hefty retribution if they were tortured and killed by some moron, but I'd rather get financial compensation and see the courts make it a "he owes me" situation as opposed to a "he owes society" situation. It's obviously a different situation with people being harmed, but when it's an animal I expect it to be treated more as property than person.


47 posted on 12/08/2004 1:01:15 PM PST by TitansAFC (Al Gonzales for SCOTUS? Let's just nominate Arlen Specter.)
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To: Asphalt

Do you beat the bird with you fist for pissing on your floor?

This is about an act of violence to control, not hunting or utilizing an animal for its feather or meat.

There is a difference.


48 posted on 12/08/2004 1:01:52 PM PST by Americanwolf (Democratic Underground... Digital Crack for the the loony left.....Hey troll! Put the pipe down!)
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To: NordP

That's a pretty harsh statement, wishing for eternal damnation and torture for someone for killing a dog. IMO, Christians shouldn't wish that on anyone, even murderers or Democrats.


49 posted on 12/08/2004 1:02:08 PM PST by Nathaniel Fischer
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To: Nathaniel Fischer

It's every bit as logical as assuming that every person who ever did anything cruel to a (cute) animal will be a violent criminal to humans.


50 posted on 12/08/2004 1:02:14 PM PST by American_Centurion (I am the martyrs' bane.)
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