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Last April, the ASPCA participated in a raid of a property in Halifax, Virginia. The dogs, many of them used for fighting, were chained up and neglected. This month, their abuser finally faced the consequences for his actions.
On January 19, Jonathan Kennard Williams, 27, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for charges related to dog fighting, weapons possession and drugs. Williams pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell dogs with the intent for fighting, as well as several counts of distributing drugs and weapons possession. He was also sentenced to six years’ probation after his release from prison.
“Thanks to the diligence of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the local agencies, Williams was held accountable for exploiting these innocent animals,” says ASPCA Animal Fighting Specialist Terry Mills.
In August 2010, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents discovered a seven-year-old cat living in the basement of a store in Ozone Park, Queens. He was starved, dehydrated, infested with fleas and close to death. Agents rushed him to ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital.
After three months of intensive care, Leo made a full recovery. He’s now living it up with a family from New Jersey—and his former owner now has a criminal record.
On January 18, Queens resident Davanand Raghunath, 28, was convicted of misdemeanor animal cruelty and sentenced to three years’ probation. Raghunath was also barred from owning an animal for three years.