Just over in Salem Ore. a man plead guilty to a horrifying case of animal cruelty on Jan. 30, 2013. He will serve jail time and once released he will be a long period of probation. The crime that he committed against the animal is shocking and disturbing. These types of horrific crimes against animals leaves you to wonder what else a man like this has done but did not get caught doing.
Wednesday afternoon, Kevin Dean Parrish, told the courts that he was guilty of the aggravated animal abuse charges against him. These charges came about when he put his grandmother's small dog, a Chihuahua-Pincher mix named Kudo, into an oven which was on and set at 350 degrees. Just the thought of doing something like this turns most peoples stomachs.
Kevin says that he had turned on the oven to cook but got angry with Kudo when the he nipped at him. When questioned he told the investigators that he had hit and strangled little Kudo before putting him in the oven. Kudo was thankfully rescued by Kevin's brother and father. The little dog did get burned but he is expected to make a complete recovery.
The judge sentenced Kevin to 30 days in jail and five years of probation. Many animal activists in the area do not feel that this is enough for such a horrific crime. However, Kevin does not have a prior criminal record, and that could be why the sentence seems so light for such a frightening crime. Kevin admitted to the Marion County deputies that he has anger issues and simply snapped. This is not the first bit of frightening animal abuse to come out of this area recently.
There have been several high-profile animal abuse cases in the Salem area recently. Democratic Rep. Brad Witt has now introduced a bill to Salem that requires animal abusers to register with the Oregon State Police in a similar way that sex offenders are required to do. He said "Often times, what we see is people who abuse humans got started abusing animals, certainly it's intolerable to be inflicting that kind of abuse pain and suffering on animals." Most animal activists think that this is a good idea and although it wont stop all acts of cruelty it will help prevent future acts from happening.
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