Updated: Jan 27
UPDATE: January, 26, 2021
On Tuesday, January 26, 23-year-old CHRISTOPHER J. REED (pictured below),
appeared remotely via video conference before Natrona County District Court Judge Kerri M. Johnson.
REED was sentenced to 18 to 24 months behind bars in connection with an animal cruelty incident that happened in October 2019, when he killed a guinea pig and slit the throat of dog.
In August 2020, REED had pleaded guilty to two felony charges of aggravated cruelty to animals.
K2 Radio reports that at the sentencing hearing, Assistant Natrona County District Attorney Mike Schafer said that REED has shown no remorse since the incident took place.
He also rightfully said that the maximum two years for aggravated animal cruelty isn't a severe enough punishment.
On the other hand, REED’s defense attorney, Marty Scott, said that his client had severe mental health issues.
We are used to pathetic lawyers who come up with the most absurd justifications and Scott is no different.
In fact, Scott had the audacity to say that his client stabbed the dog after he was attacked.
According to K2 Radio, Scott said that slitting the dog's throat was merely an attempt to put the animal out of his misery.
Frankly, I am not sure who here has mental health issues……….
In a pitiful attempt to justify REED’s actions, Scott then said: “I understand animal cases get a lot of emotional responses from the public. But what's right for Mr. Reed is justice, in this case, is for him to get the help he needs. He needs treatment.”
Thankfully, Judge Johnson disagreed and said: “This simply should not occur in our society.”
REED has until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, to turn himself into the Natrona County Sheriff's Office.
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- Casper, Wyoming, USA -
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, Casper Police have arrested 22-year-old CHRISTOPHER J. REED (pictured below), on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals.
K2 RADIO reports that REED had his initial court appearance on Monday, November 4, in Natrona County Circuit Court.
According to Casper Police Department records, on October 31, officers responded to an apartment on the 600 block of CY Avenue about a disturbance.
When they interviewed a resident of the apartment, the person said that the roommate was upset and smashed up the place but did not allow the police to enter it, nor did they reveal the name of the roommate.
At that point police left.
One hour later, police were called again.
Responding officers found the apartment in disarray.
They found blood in the property, a dead guinea pig in a cage, and a dog’s collar among the blood.
A search led to the discovery of a severely injured Border Collie wrapped in a trash bag dumped in a dumpster.
The poor pup was in need of immediate lifesaving veterinary intervention and was transported to a clinic.
Oil City News reports that: “The dog was said to have suffered deep tissue, muscle, and vessel damage, including a complete severing of the trachea. Paperwork also shows that a portion of the dog’s tongue was severely lacerated.”
CHRISTOPHER J. REED slit the dog’s throat and squeezed the helpless guinea pig.
The pup remains in critical condition.
According to K2 RADIO, the accused will have a preliminary hearing within a few weeks to determine whether he will be bound over to district court for trial.
Dog’s picture via K2 RADIO