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Rio Rancho Man Tortured His Dog - Sign Petition to Give Him Maximum Sentence

The dog suffered severe torture and abuse when his owner (allegedly) tried to neuter him by setting his scrotum and testicles on fire.  The criminal complaint alleges that Dickey repeatedly tortured his dog, a shepherd named Charlie (Angel), on Jan. 23. The Rio Rancho Police Department's was notified by a neighbor who saw Dickey grab the cataract-blinded dog by his hind legs and drop-kick the dog several times and kick him into a yucca plant.  The dog's testicles had been burned, according to the complaint.

Charlie has been removed but this man still has another dog and cats.

Sadly the maximum sentence is only $5000 and up to 18 months in jail.  There is a petition online and they hope to get 5000 signatures to present to the judge to sway him/her to give the maximum penalty.  As of right now there are about 2200 signatures. 


I believe public outcry helped sway a judge in the recent case against the Aztec, NM men, Teddy Sexton and Corey Bowen, who killed their dog with a chainsaw in front of their kids.


My feeling is our laws need to be changed so animal cruelty is more than just a misdemeanor, but for the time being, a maximum sentence will help send a message that a person cannot get away with it.


The petition is here:

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Comment by Dave Vander on March 6, 2011 at 10:18am
That second link you have marked below Julie is the one people should go to because I was having the same problem as Jeanne where it dumped me to the facebook login without confrmation (did it yesterday).   The link below gave me an official confirmation that I had signed the petition --- which means the other link wasn't working for me.
Comment by Lily Azures on March 6, 2011 at 9:03am
Julie read this Julie...thank you for posting the link. I've also signed the petition.
Comment by Julie L on March 5, 2011 at 9:40pm
Linda - you are so right.  I read somewhere that almost all known serial killers started by torturing animals.  I think anyone convicted of animal abuse should also be required to attend counseling.
Comment by Linda Jobe on March 5, 2011 at 9:29pm
Just think, if he could do that to a helpless animal, what is he capable of doing to a helpless child??  food for thought!!!
Comment by Julie L on March 5, 2011 at 9:21pm

Jeanne - I don't belong to Facebook and it let me sign it.  Try this link:


L.R. - thanks for signing!

Comment by Jeanne Milholland on March 5, 2011 at 5:44pm
Do you have to belong to Facebook first? 
Comment by L.R. Kastner on March 5, 2011 at 10:16am
Done! I will never understand how people can do these things. Thanks for letting us know Julie.

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