DOG ATTACKER SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS IN JAIL Seattle Humane applauds jail sentence in animal cruelty case
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2012
The Seattle Humane Society supports today’s sentencing of six months in jail for Ricky Lee Knowles of Orting, Wash., who was convicted of animal cruelty for beating and strangling a neighbor’s Golden Retriever.
The Seattle Humane Society urged the maximum sentence for Knowles, who used treats to lure the dog Kona into his garage, and then nearly killed him with a hatchet.
“Animal cruelty is a horrible crime and often a precursor to other acts of violence,” said Seattle Humane CEO David Loewe. “It is important that anyone guilty of harming or injuring animals be held fully accountable for their actions.”
Knowles will serve six months on electronic home monitoring following his release from jail. He was also ordered to pay nearly $5,000 in restitution and is prohibited from owning or residing with any animals.
When it comes to animal welfare, your voice is needed. If you suspect that an animal is being neglected or abused, please contact your local animal control agency. Animal control agencies are the only organizations empowered to investigate and enforce animal cruelty or abuse cases. Information provided to your local animal control agency is confidential. A list of local animal control agencies can be found on our website at seattlehumane.org/services/emergencies/cruelty.
ABOUT SEATTLE HUMANE Seattle Humane Society has received the coveted 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator, for the fourth year in a row! Founded in 1897 to bring people and pets together, Seattle Humane Society provides incredible companion animals for adoption 7 days a week, pet workshops and training, a pet food bank, a low-fee spay/neuter surgery program, humane teen club, a visiting pets program and more. Seattle Humane Society is located in Bellevue, at 13212 SE Eastgate Way. For directions and more information, visit www.seattlehumane.org or call (425) 641-0080.