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Case ID: 19932
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull), reptile
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Judge(s): Pat Henderson

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Monday, Mar 25, 2013

County: Atchison

Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Brandon Johnson

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A puppy in northeast Kansas has survived what police are calling a horrific case of animal cruelty.

A deputy with the Atchison County Sheriff's Department found the puppy bloodied and malnourished at a vacant mobile home on Saturday.

According to KAIR, the dog was inside a kennel at the home in the 2100 block of Forest Park Avenue, surrounded by its own waste. Police told KAIR there was also a dead lizard inside a cage.

They suspect the puppy had been in the kennel for days.

The discovery led to charges of animal cruelty for Brandon Johnson, 20, of Atchison. He was arrested by police, accused of not giving proper medical care, food, water and shelter to the animal.

Officers took the puppy to the Atchison Humane Society for care, then to a veterinarian.

Johnson is expected to appear in municipal court next month.

Case Updates

An Atchison man will get jail time and a hefty fine after being found guilty of animal cruelty Wednesday morning in Atchison Municipal Court.

Brandon Johnson was ordered to serve 30 days in jail and pay a total of $1,075.

He was cited in late March for not taking care of a puppy and lizard within a residence he owned.

Atchison County Undersheriff Joe Butner, who was traveling by Johnson's home while off duty, discovered the puppy outside of Johnson's residence, having bloodied paws and looking malnourished, which prompted him to notify Atchison Police.

When officers arrived and entered the home, they discovered a dead lizard inside and a kennel crate filled with blood and around two inches of feces. The puppy was taken to the Atchison Humane Society, where he died on April 3rd.

During Wednesday's bench trial, after he pled not guilty to the ticket last month, Johnson testified he had separated from his girlfriend and gave her the home as part of the agreement.

He also claimed he arrived at the home two days prior, finding the property abandoned and gave the dog food and water after noticing its condition.

During his ruling, Judge Pat Henderson questioned why Johnson didn't take the puppy to the vet or pound for care at that point and cited state statute and city ordinance where an animal cruelty citation doesn't require the person to be the owner of the pet.

Johnson announced his intentions to appeal the decision and Henderson said if the appeal is granted, his sentence would be suspended until the conclusion of the proceedings.

However, if it isn't, Henderson ordered the fine and sentence to be served by July 3, and that Johnson would be on unsupervised probation until the fine is paid.
Source: St Joe Channel - June 6, 2013
Update posted on Jun 7, 2013 - 7:56PM 


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