Florida Man Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty After Stabbing RottweilerPosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on July 25th, 2011
Today, thanks to an Animal Legal Defense Fund attorney, an animal abuser
sits behind bars in a Florida jail cell. Last Wednesday, in a case
prosecuted by ALDF Attorney Geoff Fleck serving in his dual capacity as
an Assistant State Attorney (ASA), a jury found Thomas Martin Nebus
guilty of felony animal cruelty for stabbing his neighbor's dog Rosco at
least a dozen times in two separate locations, almost one year ago
At ALDF, one of our mottos is "Abuse an Animal, Go to Jail!" Your support makes possible our fight to ensure that abusers like Nebus don’t get off with a slap on the wrist -- and to win real justice for animal victims like Rosco.
The trial testimony showed that, on July 21, 2010, at approximately 8:30 in the morning, Thomas Martin Nebus was drinking beer at his Florida home when he heard barking dogs outside. He got up to investigate the noise, to discover Rosco, his neighbor's Rottweiler, biting his landlord's Schnauzer. In what could be described as a violent, vigilante attempt to separate the dogs, Nebus stabbed Rosco with a knife; the Schnauzer ran off, and the wounded Rottweiler limped off to his owner's yard, where he left a pool of blood from his injuries.
Rather than waiting for help from law enforcement, Nebus went back into his house, then re-emerged and followed the injured Rottweiler into his neighbor's yard, where, the trial testimony showed, he hemmed in Rosco and continued to stab and cut him with a knife. Rosco's injuries were so extensive that he was euthanized later that day.
ASA Geoff Fleck asked that Nebus be remanded to custody while awaiting his sentencing date in August, and the judge agreed, commenting, "This is a very serious crime." No animal deserves a vicious, painful death at the hands of a violent neighbor. Join ALDF in our continued fight to get justice for animals like Rosco today.