Kinship Circle: ACT/ Justice For Dogs Killed, St. Bernard Parish

January 24th, 2008 7:49 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Jan 23, 2008 6:11 PM
Subject: ACT/ Justice For Dogs Killed, St. Bernard Parish

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1/23/08: Demand Justice In Dog Killings, St. Bernard Parish
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PHOTO: A reporter asks: “So how many dogs [have you shot]?”
“Enough,” former St. Bernard Parish deputy sheriff Mike Minton replies, as he looks away and laughs…
SEE VIDEO: http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/photography/2005/katrina_video/straydogs.html

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The Honorable James D. “Buddy” Caldwell, Attorney General
Louisiana Attorney General’s Office
PHYSICAL: 1885 North 3rd St. * Baton Rouge, LA 70802
MAILING: P.O. Box 94005 * Baton Rouge, LA 70804
ph: 225-326-6100; email: caldwellj [at] ag.state.la.us
*NOTE: Email above is a “guesstimate,” based upon how other dept. emails are configured. So far, it has not bounced in a test…

Dana J. Cummings
Director of Criminal Division, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office
ph: 225-326-6200; fax: 225-326-6297
email: cummingsd [at] ag.state.la.us, CriminalInfo [at] ag.state.la.us

Ms. Linda Southhall, Assistant To The Attorney General
fax: 225-326-6797; email: southhalll [at] ag.state.la.us

Administrative Services Division:
225-326-6705; fax: 225-326-6793; AdminInfo [at] ag.state.la.us
Executive Division, John W. Sinquefield, First Assis. Attorney General:
225-326-6705; fax: 225-342-8703; Executive [at] ag.state.la.us
Investigation Division:
225-326-6100, 800-488-2770; fax: 225-326-6197; InvestigationInfo [at] ag.state.la.us
Litigation Division:
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Public Protection Division:
225-326-6438; fax: 225-326-6497; PublicProtectionInfo [at] ag.state.la.us

SOURCE: http://www.ag.state.la.us/Article.aspx?articleID=28&catID=12

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The Honorable Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 94004 * Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9004
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Mike Strain DVM, Commissioner of Agriculture
Executive (2nd Floor) * P.O. Box 631 * Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0631
225-922-1234; fax: 225-922-1253; info [at] ldaf.state.la.us

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Honorable Officials Of Louisiana:

I am dismayed charges have been dropped against former St. Bernard Parish Deputy Sheriff Mike Minton and Sergeant Clifford “Chip” Englande. These men, who allegedly shot dogs roaming St. Bernard Parish streets after Hurricane Katrina, pose a risk to other animals and humans.

I implore the Attorney General’s Office to recognize the gravity of animal cruelty crimes and establish a better precedent for prosecuting them.

In September 2005, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist David Leeson and his Dallas Morning News colleague canvassed empty streets in St. Bernard Parish. As they began filming, gunshots were heard. Leeson turned his camera to a small black dog with a bullet wound staggering after a truck inscribed with SBSO (St. Bernard Parish Sheriff) on its sides. As the reporters drove away, they encountered another brown dog writhing and dying in the road.

They recorded a vehicle occupied by two armed men, one believed to be Minton. Englande reportedly drove the truck. During a taped interview, Minton later admitted shooting dogs. “So how many dogs?” one reporter asked. “Enough,” Minton said.

The dogs documented on Leeson’s video were like thousands more displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — hungry, disoriented and afraid. I ask you to reconsider their violent death and reopen this case before it expires under the statute of limitations. If new evidence emerges, please prosecute Minton and Englande for aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony in Louisiana.

I also call upon the Attorney General’s Office to intensify its criminal investigation of pets executed inside three St. Bernard Parish schools in October 2005. Evacuees were ordered to leave their companion animals behind with St. Bernard Parish law enforcers. Many scratched notes on school walls: “There is a very nice dog in here. Please do not shoot her…”

Despite pleas for mercy, some 33 dogs (and cats) were shot at close range in the body, limbs, and neck. Bullet wounds to the body cavity, rather than the head, cause prolonged and agonizing death. Cruelty investigators found shell casings consistent with the type police officers use.

I urge you to seek the conviction of anyone involved in this massacre. If convicted, offenders ought to incur maximum incarceration and fines for felony animal abuse. Law enforcers associated with this crime should be removed from active duty and directed to undergo psychological counseling. Certainly, they should be barred from possessing or working with animals.

People who abuse animals rarely stop there. In fact, men prosecuted for animal cruelty are five times as likely to be arrested for other violent crimes, according to Prof. Frank Ascione of Utah State University. Animal cruelty is a key trait in the American Psychiatric Association’s criterion for conduct disorders. The FBI red flags animal abuse when profiling homicidal criminals and their potential for recurring violence.

The deliberate slaughter of companion animals is merciless and illegal. Moreover, it serves as a yardstick to measure probability of a repeat offense. I look forward to any case updates you can provide.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION FOR THIS LETTER CAMPAIGN

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VIDEO / Dallas News photojournalist David Leeson
http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/photography/2005/katrina_video/straydogs.html

Mark Steinway, cruelty investigator and formerly of Pasado’s Safe Haven
marksteinway [at] gmail.com

Mimi Hunley, Asst. State Attorney General of Louisiana
Presided over the criminal division and initiated charges in St. Bernard Parish street and school shootings

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3 Responses to “Kinship Circle: ACT/ Justice For Dogs Killed, St. Bernard Parish”

  1. Men Hate You And Your Little Dog, Too : Elaine Vigneault Says:

    […] Neighbors called Jax’s guardian, Dr. Patrick Coleman, who rushed home to find Jax dying in his backyard. Rather than aid in CPR, the NOPD officers ordered Coleman to “restrain” Jax’s sister Scarlett – again, in their own fucking home. Scarlett was terrified, cowering in the corner of her home, watching her companion die. Jax bled to death while the officers allegedly laughed and snickered. […]By the by, this isn’t the first dog shooting scandal to hit New Orleans. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, St. Bernard Parish Deputy Sheriff Mike Minton and Sergeant Clifford “Chip” Englande were videotaped shooting companion animals whose guardians had been forced – sometimes at gunpoint – to leave them behind. Charges against both have been dismissed. This is not be to confused with another case, in which companion animals left (supposedly in safety) in four schools elementary in St. Bernard Parish were gunned down, execution style. The case(s?) is still open. […]

  2. Smite Me! [.net] » Blog Archive » Business as usual. Says:

    […] By the by, this isn’t the first dog shooting scandal to hit New Orleans. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, St. Bernard Parish Deputy Sheriff Mike Minton and Sergeant Clifford “Chip” Englande were videotaped shooting companion animals whose guardians had been forced – sometimes at gunpoint – to leave them behind. Charges against both have been dismissed. This is not be to confused with another case, in which companion animals left (supposedly in safety) in four schools elementary in St. Bernard Parish were gunned down, execution style. The case(s?) is still open. […]

  3. Business as usual. » V for Vegan: easyVegan.info Says:

    […] Bernard Parish Deputy Sheriff Mike Minton and Sergeant Clifford “Chip” Englande were videotaped shooting companion animals whose guardians had been forced – sometimes at gunpoint – to leave them behind. Charges […]

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