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Dear Mr. Solicitor: Why isn't upstate man facing felony animal cruelty charges

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Dear Mr. Solicitor of Greenville County, SC. I'm an active animal advocate and hold the top position for Examiner for the Greenville, SC area. I also currently hold second place in the entire U.S. for dog Examiners.

I'm writing to you out of concern for Mr. Roger Owens, who lives at 120 Jarrard Drive in Marietta(NOTE: I've been told this is just an empty field, but it's listed as his address on all of the court documents). The only reason I'm listing his address, besides it being part of public record, is because residents in the area need to know they live near a monster.

Do you remember Roger Owens, Mr. Solicitor? He's the man who dragged a dog named Andra Grace behind his pickup truck after yanking her claws out of her nail beds. For his cruelty, Mr. Owens has received a "ticket" to appear before the judge on December 20. I have a few concerns about his past that I'd like answers on as to why YOU feel it's safe to allow Mr. Owens to roam the Marietta area.

Let's look at Mr. Owens history over the past 20+ years as a resident of Greenville County.

*1990: Owens was charged with DUS, among other charges. He paid a small fine and walked.
*1991: Owens was charged with DUI and sentenced to 90 days on weekends.
*1991: Surprise surprise! We have a charge for 3rd offense DUS!
*1995: Owens was charged with forgery. No sentence or punishment listed on this one.
*1996: Owens must have been honing up on his new skill because he did it again!. He was arrested and tried and sentenced to restitution for forgery.
*1997: Owens was charged with burglary, and the case was dismissed for "no merit."
*1998: Owens was arrested again for DUS and also for using the wrong license plate for the vehicle he was caught driving. Not much happened out of this case either.
*1999: Owens was arrested yet again for DUS! Whoo hoo! Must be nice to live in a town where a driver's license is optional!
*2001: Owens was arrested for simple assault and battery simple common law. He got off with time served on that one.
*2005: Owens was arrested and charged with trying to distribute, sell, purchase, manufacture. crack cocaine, or pwid, near school.
*2005: Owens was arrested for open container/beer or wine in vehicle, along with drug paraphernalia/possession. He served 60 hours community service for the two charges.
*2005: Owens was convicted of malicious injury to animals and sentenced to 40 days and a $125 fine. Nice to know the price on an animals life back then.
*2005: Another arrest for Owens on simple possession. Sorry, but I couldn't find a punishment for that one either.
*2007: Owens was arrested for DUI 1st offense and got off with a time payment fine and no jail time. Wait a minute-why didn't the 1991 DUI conviction count?
*2008: Owens was arrested for DUS and paid a $600 fine. This may or may not have been related to the 2007 case. He's been arrested so many times, it's easy to lose track. He was also arrested for speeding and paid a $77 fine.
*2010: Owens was arrested for DUI 2nd offense (unless you count the forgotten 1991, then it would be 3rd offense) and was sentenced to 6 months and $2100 suspended to 20 days HIP and $1100.Fine costs were $2600.24.
*2011: Owens was arrested AGAIN for drug paraphernalia and sentenced to 39 days or $1188. Not sure how this one ended because there's no record of either/or.
*2011: OOhhh....our little man has graduated to the BIG crimes. Owens was charged with "assault, beat, or wound police officer serving process or while resisting arrest." For this charge, Owens was tried in in Greenville General Sessions Court by Judge Diane Day Cagle, then Disposition Judge Edward W. Miller, where he was sentenced to 12 months. He had a $133.90 fine. So tell me, Mr. Solicitor, how do the fine officers of the Greenville PD feel knowing their lives hold such small value? Is it now OK to beat an officer of the law and get away with it? No wonder the criminals are tripping all over themselves to move to Greenville County!
*2011: A busy year for Owens. He's now been made the Habitual Traffic Offenders list, DUS as per Habitual Traffic Offender status.
*2013: Now we can add a dog named Andra Grace to Owen's list. He got a wee little ticket for inflicting very traumatic injuries on a dog.

Mr. Solicitor, can you please explain why after two weeks more charges haven't been filed against Roger Owens, since this latest joy-ride-behind-a-truck resulted in malicious animal cruelty? Don't forget this is 2nd offense. Yet Owen's is only looking at a $125 "fine." Meanwhile, Andra Grace has endured tremendous pain, and her supporters have donated THOUSANDS of dollars to pay her vet bills.

What crime is it going to take for Mr. Owens to be considered a danger to the Marietta community? He already has DUI, DUS, assault and battery, assault on a police officer, manufacturing drugs, selling drugs near a school and two cases where he's displayed his sadistic side using poor defenseless animals.

If he once again walks away from punishment, I'd truly like to be explained why and what it will take to get him off the streets. Those in charge of seeing justice done against this man are truly a blemish on the county in which they serve. The rest of the United States is laughing at what a big joke law enforcement is in the upstate of South Carolina.

Elisa Black-Taylor

P.S. The articles listed below detail more of Mr. Owens fine citizenship in the Greenville area. If you'd like to look at the bloody, mangled body of Andra Grace, her Facebook page will show you all the "evidence" you should need.



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