Louisiana Puppy Abuser Gets Three Years in Prison

January 2003

When a puppy named Caesar snatched a loaf of bread from the kitchen table, his owner beat the dog until he was bloody, then buried him alive, his head and upper torso in the ground. The owner sent his buddy to find gasoline so that they could burn the puppy alive. Good Samaritans managed to pull Caesar from his grave. The puppy was rushed to the animal hospital where he fell into a coma and was euthanized later that night.

The Louisiana Humane Society asked for PETA’s help during the owner’s trial, and we sent letters and action alerts to the prosecutor and judge in the case. The suspect pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals and was sentenced to three years in prison.


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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind