Breaking! Jermaine Dwayne Doucet Jr. Receives Only 1 Year Probation For Horrifically Burning & Abusing Racehorse In Louisiana; How Is That Possible?
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Animal advocates everywhere will be shocked and disheartened to learn the disgraceful sentence that was handed down yesterday to a Louisiana man who was found guilty of horrific neglect and abuse of a retired racehorse.
Dr. Drip, who WAN’s calling Angel, the winner of more than 60 races and purses of more than $253,000.00, had battery acid poured on his back and was so maggot-eaten and starved that he had to be euthanized.
Jermaine Dwayne Doucet Jr. of Opelousas, Louisiana, faced felony animal cruelty charges with a sentence of one to ten years prison time and a fine of between $5,000.00 to $25,000.00. Doucet pled guilty to the egregious charges but was only ordered one year of probation in lieu of any jail sentence or fine. He was not even ordered to pay court costs.
“This is a horrendous animal cruelty case, and we are incredibly disappointed with the sentencing,” Doll Stanley, who leads the Justice for Animals Campaign for In Defense of Animals said in a statement claiming that ‘the judge has made a mockery of justice and entirely absolved the cruel perpetrator.’ “Dr. Drip’s tormentor accepted responsibility for putting Dr. Drip through the misery of constant hunger, fly bites, maggots eating him alive, and causing him agony by pouring battery acid on the horse’s back.”
In Defense of Animals has been championing Dr. Drip’s tragic case. Over 11,000 supporters of the non-profit sent letters to St. Landry Parish District Attorney Earl Taylor demanding Doucet’s prosecution and the stiffest of sentencing if convicted.
On June 20th, Dr. Drip was discovered by St. Landry Parish authorities near death from abuse and neglect after the St. Landry Animal Control Department had received an anonymous tip that a horse was being neglected.
“Law enforcement and district attorneys do a fantastic job of catching and prosecuting the criminals, but judges are letting down the public and failing to bring criminals to justice,” added Stanley. “Animal cruelty and violence to humans are strongly linked, and lawmakers are starting to understand this chilling fact. We are poised to approach Louisiana state senators to enlist their aid in passing mandatory minimum sentencing for animal cruelty crimes.”
According to its website, In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals campaign is working tirelessly to advance the cause for justice in Mississippi and the Deep-South.
“We stand united with a coalition of organizations and are aligning with judges, prosecuting attorneys, law enforcement officials, legislators, animal advocates, and concerned citizens for maximum sentencing in such egregious cases of animal cruelty,” the organization noted in a statement. “In Defense of Animals is acting to pass meaningful regional ordinances that will protect animals when state statutes fail.”
In Defense of Animals reports that it has served in Mississippi for 25 years, aiding victims and law enforcement with hundreds of cruelty reports.