An Alabama man who pleaded guilty to a charge of cruelty to animals will not spend time behind bars for the crime, but he will be spending a considerable number of hours working around dogs, reported Monday's 48 News.
In lieu of jail time, James Allen, charged for participating in a dog-fighting operation, will instead be spending 100 hours of community service working at the Scottsboro Animal Shelter.
In addition to time spent at the shelter, Allen is forbidden from owning a dog for two years.
Many individuals just now learning of Allen's sentence question the judge's decision to place Allen in a situation where he is surrounded by dogs; they also question the short period of time that he is prohibited from owning a dog.
One reader of the 48 News publication stated:
Would love to have this criminal working around helpless, abandoned dogs. And allowed to own a dog after two years?? What about the dogs who were put down/killed due to the cruelty, permanent, devastating emotional and physical breakdown inflicted upon them?
Another expressed their worry, stating:
Plus, if their only penalty/"reward" is to volunteer at a shelter, how do you know they won't encourage their friends to "adopt" what they deem to be a good fighting dog? After all, they will have the "hands on" knowledge of each dog or cat at the shelter. RIDICULOUS sentence!
James Allen, Christopher Eugene Allen and Richard Humphrey, were all arrested earlier this year for their involvement in a dog fighting operation. Ten dogs were seized during the raid and several of the dogs were placed up for adoption.
Christopher Allen was sentenced to nine months behind bars and Humphrey is still awaiting trial.
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