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Why wasn't man who dragged upstate dog behind truck charged with animal torture?

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UPDATED DECEMBER 6, 2013 Take a look at Owens criminal past!

On December 5, Marietta resident Roger Owens was charged and ticketed for one count of animal cruelty, Fox Carolina reported.

Keep in mind Andra Grace, the one-year-old puppy Owens is accused of dragging behind his pickup truck, was also tortured and starved. Andra Grace was severely emaciated when she was rescued by Good Samaritan's after suffering severe injuries.

Her veterinarian also stated Andra's claws were ripped from her body. Should the claw-ripping be considered one act of torture, or should each claw be considered individually? Why wasn't Owens charged for torturing Andra Grace before dragging her for at least a mile using his pickup truck?

The Greenville community is now enraged and asking for answers as to why Owens wasn't charged in violation of South Carolina animal law 47-1-40 that states

"(B) Whoever tortures, torments, needlessly mutilates, cruelly kills, or inflicts excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering upon any animal or by omission or commission causes the acts to be done for any of the offenses is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be punished by imprisonment of not less than one hundred eighty days and not to exceed five years and by a fine of five thousand dollars."

The law doesn't play with words on such a serious offense. It doesn't say the convicted person perhaps should spend some time in jail, or pay a fine that is no more than pocket change. The law says the convicted MUST be punished.

What part of this law doesn't law enforcement or judges or whoever draws up charges understand? It is the duty of those in the position to enforce South Carolina law to accurately charge a suspect with any crimes that person committed.

Today Roger Owens was charged with a very simple misdemeanor, and will be free to inflict pain on any animal to cross his path in the future. On December 20, he will go before a judge where he faces a maximum fine of $1,100 and/or 30 days in jail.

Not charging Owens with what he truly did to this sweet dog is an embarrassment to the residents of South Carolina.

Another disturbing thing about this case is the online base for Greenville County Detention Center doesn't list an arrest for Roger Owens. Was he even taken to jail, or just given a "ticket?" To think we have an animal torturer on the loose is terrifying.

South Carolina currently ranks #1 in women killed in domestic violence situations. Now we'll be known as having the most lax laws in the United States for anyone convicted of animal cruelty involving torture.

A petition has been started here in an effort to strengthen South Carolina animal cruelty laws. It looks to me like South Carolina needs to learn how to enforce the laws already on the books.

You can keep up with the saga of Andra Grace on her Facebook page.

Your comments are welcome.

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