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Update: Fetish Animal Torturer Sentenced to 10 Years

Written by PETA | May 30, 2014

Update: Ashley Richards was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of cruelty to animals for her involvement in making “crush” videos. “While we are satisfied that the defendant received the maximum penalty in these cases, we will fight at the next legislative session to increase the punishment range for this offense to better protect these animals and all citizens of Harris County,” said District Attorney Devon Anderson. “When a person tortures and kills an animal that raises a red flag about that person’s capacity for violent behavior in general. It will always be a priority for our office to aggressively prosecute offenders who abuse animals.”

Richards’ co-defendant, Brent Justice, is scheduled to appear in court in July.

Originally posted on August 21:

After PETA was alerted to violent fetish videos sold online showing puppies, kittens, rabbits, mice, and other animals who were tortured in ways that would make even a hardened person sick, our Cruelty Investigations Department staffers worked around the clock to find the perpetrators. Thanks to skillful sleuthing and with the help of the Animal Beta Project, PETA determined that the alleged producers of the videos lived in Houston, Texas, and rushed the evidence to local authorities. Two days later, the Houston Police Department (HPD) arrested Brent Justice and Ashley Richards, two suspects believed to be involved in an international video sales scheme, on felony warrants and charged them with animal torture.


Photo: Houston Police Department/Houston Chronicle


Photo: Houston Police Department/Houston Chronicle

The Real ‘Torture Porn’

PETA applauds the HPD and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for their swift action. We will be pushing for federal charges as well, as making crush videos is a violation of federal law. Such videos feature animals, including mice, puppies, kittens, and rabbits, slowly tortured to death for the sexual gratification of fetishists.

Charges for both suspects result from a video that PETA gave to the HPD, in which a woman prosecutors say is Richards is shown cutting the leg and slashing the neck and throat of a puppy before beheading the struggling animal with a meat cleaver. Richards also faces charges related to the torture and killing of a cat in a 2010 video. As the Houston Chronicle reports, a “judge halted the reading of the court documents during a hearing last week because the details were too graphic.” Richards has reportedly admitted to killing hundreds of animals over the years. The investigation is continuing.

What You Can Do

As this case shows, for animals in danger, one phone call or e-mail can the make the difference between life and (perhaps a horrible) death. Please, if you witness or hear about cruelty to animals, never be silent.

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  • Weihan Dong says:

    THANKS PETA! Now for the criminals: they should never be allowed to live in peace again! Lock them up in solitary confinement and throw away the keys.

  • Dianne Rochenski says:

    HAIL to PETA!! These thugs need to have done to them the same torture they instilled to these innocent animals. I like to take my high heels and gorge both of their eyes out. I would enjoy doing it!!! Lowlifes in the purest form.

  • spike says:

    I’m encouraged to see that other people are as horrified by these demons as I am. I’d love to see some vigilantism and let them get what they truly deserve- along the same treatment and cruelty that they showed those poor animals. True scum- may they rot in hell. I agree with other’s sentiments- much tougher laws for such horrors.

  • Vanessa says:

    There are no words for people who create and watch these types of videos. To PETA, Animal Beta Project and the Houston Police Dept…we can’t say thank you enough. The small bit of joy this story brings is knowing how many animals you just saved from enduring this kind of nightmare.

  • jude says:

    BURN THE WITCHES.

  • Norma Susan Smith says:

    Now I know what the scum of the earth looks like – these creeps and the people like them will find their own reward.

  • CP says:

    PETA – thank you so much for your persistence in catching these depraved individuals. I hope in someway they experience as much pain and suffering as they inflicted on those defenseless animals.

  • Ruth says:

    May the Almighty grant them no more no less what they deserve!!

  • Susan says:

    These disgusting, evil cowards should die horrible, torturous deaths themselves! We have got to change the laws and make animal abuse a felony. Killing animals should be treated just like homicide!

  • George says:

    Hope the bastards get life in prison without parole…Garbage!

  • gatorann says:

    God bless you Peta, and all your hard workers do. This world is getting to be a very sick place to live. These people are wicked monsters. There is a pay day someday. I know my God will exact these poor animals revenge on thier wretched souls one day. If God’s eye is on the sparrow, it is sure on the puppies, kittens, bunnies, etc. too.

  • Kanga says:

    What a pair of vile evil crap. I would love to do the same to them, just give me 5 minutes. Disgusting monsters,no words really express how revolting they are. Sick and depraved.

  • Lucy says:

    They deserve the death penalty – no less. Low-life, inhuman and evil; the world would be better off when trash like these two are eliminated! Thank you PETA, this is why I make monthly donations to your cause and work.

  • Jennifer Argenti says:

    Thank you PETA for exposing this CRUEL & INHUMANE “Crush” fetish and leading police to the arrest of these heinous criminals.

  • Connie says:

    Thank you PETA!! The world is a much better place because of your help for the innocent animals. As for these souless people, they will get whats comming to them. I personally think an eye for and eye is justice. It’s really scary to think there are people like that.

  • Jacky says:

    Whatcan I say PETA, where would we be without you <3

  • Anna Randles says:

    THANK YOU PETA

  • Georgia says:

    These two individuals are fundamentally ill inside. There is a balance in the Universe. They are pieces of human trash that need to be put away and let them rot in jail and be haunted every time they close their eyes by the ghosts of the animals that were killed by them. I thought to be a butcher in the stock yard would be bad enough. These two??? OMG! They need to be banished from this world, please!!!!!! They are serial killers in the making! They possess the souls of cock roaches!!!

  • Kimberly says:

    Someone needs to put an end to these disgusting human beings. As long as they continue to live they will do it again. If only I lived close to them I would make sure that they NEVER hurt another innocent creature again!!

  • sassee says:

    Great job!!!!! They both look sick I pray they dont have any children…………

  • kelvin says:

    Thank you Peta for being persistent in catching these worthless human beings,they are a disgrace to the human race,I hope they are prosecuted to the fullest!

  • Jack Daniels says:

    Anyone know the HPD email – we should send them a big “THANK YOU” for arresting this SCUM Also we should send email to the Houston judiciary and let them know our feelings!

  • Barbara says:

    OMG – they are the scum of the earth!  Yes, any punishment short of death is way too little for the crime. And – I also agree, no demand – no supply.  That is the case in all things illegal – such as human trafficking, dog and *** fights, etc.

  • Linda says:

    Simple solution for these sick people who torture animals… Lethal injection. It’s time to chlorinate the human gene pool. Start with these people.

  • Kathy says:

    I agree with the above comments. These people are sick and serve no useful purpose in society. My heart so aches for the animals unfortunate enough to cross paths with these evil scums. PETA has always been one of my favorite animal rescue organizations and I will continue to support them fnancially…

  • reneed says:

    THANK YOU!! I haven’t been the same, since learning about the crush fetish. Anyone involved, in making, distribution, selling, buying, sharing online, whatever, should be wiped off the face of this earth. A camera man in China, who worked for a news station, videotaped the crushing of a kitten, and claimed he didn’t know it was wrong?! Gimme a fuckin break! It’s so terrifying & sickening to know, that people SO vile, exist among us. I only hope that someone teaches them a serious (& permanent) lesson in jail, because there’s no doubt that the legal system will FAIL to do so.

  • Alva says:

    Good!  I’m glad PETA took actions that resulted in these two criminals being arrested.  These two creeps are not fit to be called a human being and they are real sleaze bags.  

  • Annie3cats says:

    You have to wonder where this sexual perversion comes from. How did the viewers find out that this would turn them on and why? It’s like dope. If you can’t get off without it what are you going to do? There is no cure same as pedophiles. In two years they have to go back to doing it or they can’t get any satisfaction. Would you live without satisfaction for the rest of your life?

  • Catherine says:

    These people are the worst and lowest forms of life. I am so sickened to think that any animal suffered at their hands. I hope PETA will never let these people rest and that they’ll be looking over their shoulders for the rest of their lives. It’s just a shame they can’t be put to death the same way as their innocent victims. But these personal observations aside, this is why we must continue to financially support PETA, now and always.

  • Melissa says:

    I just don’t get it!! Great job PETA!!!!

  • Marcia says:

    These freaks should have special institutions to isolate them for good.

  • Elaine says:

    Hooray for PETA and Houston authorities for catching and prosecuting these monsters. What sickens me more than these sub-humans making such videos are the sickos who get their kicks watching this stuff. What is the world coming to???

  • Gian Luca says:

    Thank you, PETA!

  • marie says:

    and what about the sociopaths who watched these horrific videos, you only have supply if you have demand….. if you arrest the hoes you must also jail the johns!

  • Melanie says:

    I don’t understand what goes on in a persons life and mind, that makes them do this sick stuff! I’m happy they have been caught, but I agree with others, their penalty should be death. With all the lives they brutaly took, they should lose theirs, and not in a nice way.

  • Melanie says:

    OMG 2 years in jail? THIS SERIOUSLY TERRIFIES ME. No animal is safe unless these devils are excecuted. Even their souls should be exercised. I just don’t understand how “people” can be so evil. I hope they rot in hell. Thank you so much PETA and Houston Police.

  • Rosalba D'Agostino says:

    I will do the same to this two idiots! this two sick-person need be in the prison for the rest or they life! if i think what this two idiots did on that poor animal i get mad and 2 years is not enough for what they did . Why the low is so soft with criminal? they will doing again because they know the low how works , if i was me i just kill this scum ,they don’t deserve to live on this planet!

  • barbie says:

    im sick of people talking shit about peta so what if they make a lot of money and are a big organization stop judging them on a few past mistakes ya i support small animal rescue groups but are they the ones out there ending things like crush films and dog and cat meat NO PETA IS so people need to back ight off. i love peta to the max

  • Audrey Glenski says:

    Finally, these sicko’s were caught!! Thanks PETA for all of the hard work you and your advocates did to catch these people! From the sounds of it, I believe this judge will be giving them maximum sentencing what ever that may be. However, there should be much stricter laws and punishments for animal abusers,not to mention torturers as these two are.I for one am actively signing any & all petitions that are out there to toughen up the laws!!!

  • GINGER says:

    THANK YOU PETA FOR YOUR INVESTIGATION THAT RESULTED IN THE ARREST. TOO BAD THEIR BONDS ARE SO LOW THAT THEY WILL PROBABLY GET OUT AND START ALL OVER AGAIN. WE NEED TOUGHER LAWS STILL!

  • keith says:

    Exactly James these are lower than scum what ever use are they to any society, gas chamber would be the best result methinks.

  • abbie chie chie says:

    Everyone must keep eyes and ears open for animal cruelty of any kind and act quickly to help. amazing work, houston police and peta.

  • TomS. says:

    Thank you, PETA! This is a nightmare for animals.

  • Nora Marasco says:

    Please make sure someone in prison “takes care” of these two. They are not fit for society and should be put to death. That will be the ONLY justice.

  • Nicole says:

    yeah i totally agree. even if your not crazy about animals, there is no sane person who could do this. they should get executed!! its just so sick it gives me nightmares. AND if they can do this to animals, they WILL do it to people. even the fbi proves it to be one of the top three signs of a serial killer. ughhhh they are disgusting, insane, and should go away for life.

  • James says:

    Maximum 2 years in jail…2 years…? TWO YEARS???!!! THEY SHOULD BE EXECUTED

  • Mimi says:

    If the Judge couldn’t listen to all the court documents you know it must be very graphic…I hope the Judge makes an example of these evil people…Sick, Sick, Sick,

  • Sandra Charbonneau says:

    Way to go PETA !!! and God bless all the tortured animals <3

  • Elaine says:

    my god lock those crazy people up now!! This is no fetish its just plain sick!

  • Richard says:

    The people who do stuff like that are just trash. They have no right to be part of the human race. Thank you PETA for helping to get these people arrested. I hope the judge locks them up for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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