By Jonathan Safran, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In Chippewa County, Wisconsin, Raymond Knez was sentenced to a 9 month jail term for shooting 6 pets to death in front of children causing mental harm to the children. News report indicate that Mr. Knez was drinking before he got his gun and started shooting pets around the house. Mr. Knez pleaded no contest to the charges and admitted to reporters that it was a stupid drunken reaction to the situation. Chrystalyn Adcock, Knez’s girlfriend, was sentenced to 50 hours of community service.
These heinous and criminal acts should have been punished. Some may argue that a person has a right to own a gun, use a gun, and shoot an animal which, in many states, is considered a piece of property like a couch. Nevertheless, the mental health of a child should be considered. Mr. Knez committed these acts under the influence of alcohol and apparently in anger. Inflicting this kind of mental distress on any person, especially a child, should be a crime that is punishable by a jail sentence, community service, and a fine.
You can read more about this story at Wisconsin Man Who Shot Pets In Front of Children Gets Jail Sentence and Community Service.