Trial Starts Today For Man Who Beat Puppy

Posted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on January 7, 2010

Karley before her life was cut short in a violent attackThe nightmare began in November 2008 after Glynn Johnson, an assistant fire chief with Los Angeles County, allegedly punched Karley, a six-month-old puppy, with a closed fist repeatedly and then beat her with an 11-inch rock, cracking her skull in three places, breaking her jaw, crushing her nasal cavity, collapsing her ear canal and causing her to lose an eye. Authorities charged Johnson with felony animal cruelty for an assault witnesses say was unprovoked. Johnson’s trial begins today.

This heartbreaking case led Jeff and Shelley Toole, Karley’s owners, to contact the Animal Legal Defense Fund for assistance. We’ve helped them by drafting legislation that could change the way California courts regard companion animals.

Toole says she was shocked to discover that the law considers animals to be property. “Animals are not chairs or tables,” she says. “They are living, breathing beings with feelings, and they are part of a family. Sadly, there is no civil law for the victims of animal cruelty in California.” She and her family are dedicated to changing that, not only to honor Karley’s memory, but to aid future victims of abuse.

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