These days it can be tough to find a story that leaves someone with a sense of satisfaction. It's even tougher to find one you might feel turned out
for the best and how it needed to. In my opinion, this is just such a story.
Meet Harry Louis Hargrove.
This piece of work hails from Mount Olive, North Carolina and is 68yrs old according to his Personal
at Pet-Abuse.com. We need not worry about privacy issues on a thing like an address. He's an easy guy to find these days. Just
call the North Carolina Department of Corrections and I'm sure they'll direct you to the appropriate prison
Harry here has himself a problem. You see, he likes dogs. In fact, he likes to kill them. Now he's not your average warped personality who may go and
..say..shoot a dog. Nawww.. That's not for Harry. He's not a psychopath who tortures dogs. That doesn't fit Harry here either. No, Harry likes to
fight them to death. In fact, he's not just made a living from it, he made a LIFE out of it.
When arrested they seized 33 animals from him but he was having a slow period. According to the court papers on his conviction, he's had up to TWO
HUNDRED AND FIFTY fighting dogs on his property at a given time. He's also been doing this for 4 decades
. Lets look at a bit of what the court
case had to say though. After all, Harry got his day in court...unlike the animals dying under his care for nearly 40 years.
A North Carolina man whom federal prosecutors described as a "legend" in the dog-fighting community must serve five years in prison, though
probation officers recommended about a year, the 4th Circuit ruled.
By his own admission, Harry Louis Hargrove, of Duplin County, N.C., has been involved in dog-fighting activities for over four decades, according
to the ruling.
Now, this next part is what I think is the best part. Who said ALL Judges are bad? I sense a fellow dog lover on this Bench!
After Hargrove pleaded guilty to violating the Animal Welfare Act, a probation officer advised incarceration of 10 to 16 months. Hargrove's
attorney countered with a demand for six months, noting that military service in Vietnam left Hargrove highly decorated but also "changed."
The government meanwhile pressed for the lengthiest sentence possible, citing extraordinary cruelty to animals, extreme conduct and prior history
of dog fighting.
Now folks, this is a case of "Judicial Discretion" I certainly cannot fault. Not one bit. In fact, I'm only sorry the guidelines limited how HIGH
it could go. I have a feeling this Judge only gave 5 years because he couldn't give 10 or 15. I believe I'll raise a glass of fine carrot juice in
toast to this Judge .....and my sincere hope that 'Ol Harry isn't lonely in the joint. In fact, I really hope he meets others equally experienced
with our Canine companions.
To be blunt? I really hope he gets a cellmate named Bubba and Bubba is just the big softy when it comes to four legged friends. I hope he gets the
kind of Bubba who can't watch 'Ol Yeller without crying at the end. That should insure Harry is well cared for all 5 years. Indeed.
Every dog has his day, they say. Well, this particular Mutt is getting 1,825 days all for himself ...and his cellmate.