Updated: Dec 19, 2020
- Florida, USA -
UPDATE on 47-year-old TRAVIS ARCHER (pictured below).
The name of TRAVIS ARCHER will ring a bell with animal lovers nationwide!
FOX 13 reports that on Friday, December 18, a divided appeals court overturned a lifetime ban on pet ownership for ARCHER.
As reported by FOX 13, “A panel of the 5th District Court of Appeal, in a 2-1 decision, said a circuit judge did not have legal authority to impose a lifetime ban on animal ownership for Travis Archer. The ruling said the ban should not exceed a three-year term of probation that was part of Archer’s sentence.”
Judge ORFINGER and judge HARRIS, are the ones who agreed to reverse the lifetime pet-ownership ban for ARCHER.
Judge James Edwards is the one that refused to reverse the lifetime ban.
~ Original story:
TRAVIS ARCHER was arrested in April 2017, after he viciously beat and stabbed his 9-month-old Labrador Retriever named Ponce.
Police received a call from a neighbor reporting the abuse and a body cam from an officer shows that ARCHER denies officers entry at first.
Footage shows that he told officers he went back home from work to find some mess in the house, and when he tried to discipline Ponce, Ponce bit him.
ARCHER claimed he just hit the dog a couple of times.
The officers insisted they just wanted to make sure the dog was ok, and ARCHER eventually let them in.
Officers found the furbaby lying on the ground who appeared not to be breathing.
Ponce died due to the horrific and senseless injuries he sustained.
The vet who examined Ponce, testified that: “… the puppy suffered blunt force trauma, extensive fractures, a punctured lung and internal bleeding. There was also sharp force trauma on puppy from puncture wounds.”
Following a public outcry regarding the mild punishment associated with such horrendous abuse, the Florida Legislature passed in 2018 a bill referred to as Ponce’s Law, significantly enhancing penalties for animal abuse.
On November 27, 2019, ARCHER entered a no plea contest to felony animal cruelty and was sentenced to 1 year in prison and 3 years of probation.