Former L.A. County Fire Official Sentenced For Beating Neighbor’s Puppy

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on April 7, 2010

Karley before her life was cut short in a violent attackIn November 2008, Glynn Johnson, a former L.A. County assistant fire chief, picked up a rock and beat his neighbor’s German shepherd puppy, Karley, so viciously that she later had to be euthanized. On January 26, 2010, Johnson was found guilty of felony animal cruelty and faced a maximum sentence of four years in prison. On April 2, he received instead a 90-day sentence and three years’ probation for beating Karley. He must also perform 400 hours of community service working with dogs, take anger management courses and repay veterinary bills.

Judges sometimes think that convicted animal abusers should carry out community service orders at an animal shelter – that this will somehow increase their respect for animals and the caretaker issues that are involved. It is ALDF’s position that convicted animal abusers have no place around a shelter’s rescued animals or its dedicated, often youthful, volunteers – not to mention that presenting animal care as a punishment (as opposed to a therapy) is more likely to induce resentment than compassion. Indeed, animal shelter administrations will often refuse to allow such orders to be carried out in their facilities.

Unfortunately, even in situations where there are felony convictions for heinous acts of cruelty, like Johnson’s vicious and fatal beating of his neighbors’ puppy Karley, light sentences can fail to deliver justice for animal victims and their families. While ALDF continues our work to push for tough sentencing in cases of animal abuse, you can take action now to protect yourself and your community by asking your legislator to support registries for convicted felony animal abusers like Glynn Johnson.

3 thoughts on “Former L.A. County Fire Official Sentenced For Beating Neighbor’s Puppy

  1. Dee says:

    This sentence is a joke. As a friend notes, Michael Vick’s sentence was much more appropriate. If he’s not going to spend any appreciable time in jail other than weekend sleepovers, then I’d like to see this guy hurt in the pocketbook; as in, a dent put in his pension. He’s an embarrassment to firefighters, not to mention humans in general. Piece of dirt.

  2. lucca says:

    I agree with Dee that this sentence was a joke. This horrible man beat a 6 month old puppy to death in an unprovoked attack. He’s pure evil and a threat to everyone in society. He needs to be locked up for good. This judge is also a horrible individual and people should let him know how they feel.

  3. Melissa says:

    Punishments are supposed to be designed to deter, take criminals of the streets, rehabilitate, and/or find a retributive closure for the victims. All too often, the sentencing for animal abuse seems too lenient and ineffective. The increase chances of prosecution and increase severity of sentencing could support the applications of punishment and prevent future animal abuse. In Karley’s case, the punishment does not fit the crime, because the punishment lacks the severity to deter from future animal abuse. The rehabilitation application of sentencing a criminal to community service might produce positive results, however, usually there is more to the violent nature of the animal abuser then what can be remedied by rehabilitation. If a person can abuse animal, what other violent crimes might they participate in? Child abuse? The mentality of an animal abuser is not necessarily altered by the current sentencing guidelines. This is why I believe the sentencing for animal abuse needs to be increased, or judges persuaded to enforce the highest possible punishment. Alternatively, the animal abuser registry list is important, even if it just shames criminals from not committing animal abuse again.

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