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Washington man sentenced to prison for egregious cruelty to his dogs

Charles Palmer and the dog Porter. Porter has since been adopted.
Charles Palmer and the dog Porter. Porter has since been adopted.
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D.C. resident, Charles Palmer, 35, was sentenced to two years and one month in prison for several counts of felony animal cruelty stemming from the cruel treatment of two dogs reported

Palmer will also serve three years of probation and is barred from owning any animals.

An investigation by the Washington Humane Society began in April 2012, when Palmer was accused of repeatedly beating his pit bull mix named Porter. Witnesses saw Palmer slam the dog to the ground, and then took the dog into the woods leaving him there.

When authorities found Porter, the dog suffered two broken legs, a displaced jaw, and several broken teeth.

For almost two years, an investigation continued which resulted in another horrible discovery of abuse and cruelty. Last June, a dog named Roxy was found in Porter's home unable to stand. The dog was rushed to an emergency veterinarian and found to have front and rear broken legs, head wounds, and other bodily injuries.

Eight other dogs are suspected of having been killed or missing.

In November 2013, Palmer was indicted on 14 counts including five counts of felony animal cruelty and five counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. In a plea agreement, Palmer pleaded guilty to two counts of felony animal cruelty, one misdemeanor animal cruelty, and one misdemeanor simple assault charge.

According to, Lisa Fontaine, President of the Washington Humane Society stated:

“Today’s sentencing is a major victory for the animals in the District. This case was one of the most horrific abuse cases my team has ever experienced. The officers who rescued Porter and Roxy, the medical team and caregivers who mended them, and the families who fostered and ultimately adopted them, all played a role in today’s outcome. This sentencing sets a precedent that animal cruelty is not acceptable, can and will be charged as a felony offense in DC, and will be punishable to the fullest extent under the law.”

Porter and Roxy have since been adopted and are living wonderful new lives.

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