Clubbing death of 4 baby owls, by two Santa Ynez, California 17 year old's.
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Clubbing death of 4 baby owls, by two Santa Ynez, California 17 year old's.

    1. Animal Rescue Team, Inc 501 c 3
    2. Petition by

      Animal Rescue Team, Inc 501 c 3

      solvang, CA

Two 17 year old teens to possibly only receive slap on the wrist for clubbing 4 baby owls to death? These 17 year old adults moral compass is already set.

What do you feel is fair justice or punishment?

OUR OBJECTIVE: Push for stricter animal cruelty laws for minors and an accessible registry for youth and adult animal abusers in California.


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    2. Animal Rescue Team, Inc 501 c 3
      Petition Organizer

      Editorials : Our Opinion: Mercy killing? We are outraged

      Editorials : Our Opinion: Mercy killing? We are outraged

      April 17, 2011 11:42 AM

      So now we are supposed to look upon these two killers as victims because they haven't slept in a week and have been criticized for killing four defenseless baby owls?
      Only a moron would expect any sane person to believe that crap.
      Hunter Jacobsen, one of the 17-year-old killers and his accomplice, who law officials are refusing to identify -- something for another editorial -- committed a heinous crime and they should pay a very stiff price for their actions. Prison time and heavy fines wouldn't be enough.
      Unfortunately, in this case, it looks like even that won't happen. Killing the baby owls is a only misdemeanor and the most they could get is a 6-month prison term and a $10,000 fine -- if they were adults. Apparently at this point, these two are considered juveniles.
      Carla Jacobsen, step-mother of Hunter, along with the other parents, are probably just as much to blame for this crime. There has been an astonishing lack of any remorse, expression of outrage or horror about their kids' monstrous actions. We only get what are intended to be excuses from Mrs. Jacobsen. Only more insulting would be a plea of self-defense.
      Certainly her misplaced concern about the effects of criticism on them is part of the problem; bigger problems are that she believes this was a "mercy killing," that they "weren't being malicious or mean," the boys "were scared" (how about how frightened the baby owls must have been?) and that they didn't "torture" the baby owls when they killed them with two-by-fours.
      We as a civilized society cannot tolerate this behavior. No excuse or explanation will make this situation any better, and this is not a "learning moment."
      If the baby owls were truly injured -- and we find this very hard to believe, since these two seem to have a habit of lying -- why didn't they go for help? How difficult would it have been to find someone?
      If they are avid hunters as claimed, clearly they have no compunction about killing animals anyway. It is well known that serial killers often go on to kill people after torturing and killing animals.
      These two killers should be in jail; they knew what they were doing when they committed this crime and have admitted as much, although now they are trying to sugar-coat it. These two killers shouldn't be around any animals, ever.
      Sign petitions to have these types of crimes be felonies with stiff fines and prison time for all age groups and demand that the District Attorney's Office and law enforcement enforce these laws.
      These two should be charged as adults. It's time for the DA's Office to get tough. Let's hope it doesn't wimp out on this crime the way it did with the 10 Tea Fire students.

    3. Animal Rescue Team, Inc 501 c 3
      Petition Organizer

      Teenage boys accused of killing baby owls Warden to refer matter involving 17-year-olds to district attorney


      Four baby barn owls like these were found dead Wednesday at the Sheltering Oak Sanctuary for rescued animals in Lompoc. Authorities said they'd been beaten with a two-by-four.

      April 9, 2011 9:26 AM

      Two 17-year-old boys could face criminal charges after they allegedly killed four baby barn owls, found mutilated at the Sheltering Oak Sanctuary in Lompoc.
      Lt. James Solis, warden with the Santa Barbara office of state Department of Fish and Game, told the News-Press Friday he is putting together a formal request for a citation as he refers the matter to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office.
      Killing a nongame bird is a misdemeanor.
      Lt. Solis said he talked to the boys Wednesday evening but couldn't reveal details of the conversation.
      The boys were on the property Wednesday afternoon to deliver hay from a company hired by the sanctuary.
      Jill Anderson, 35, director and co-founder of the sanctuary and Shadow's Fund, the nonprofit operating it, lives at the ranch. She said she received a call at work just before 4 p.m. Wednesday from her father, Michael Anderson, who lives at another home on the site.
      He told her about finding the dead owls, and Ms. Anderson said she found the remains outside near a hay stack.
      The sight shocked her. Their bodies were broken, Ms. Anderson told the News-Press Friday.
      "Their legs were twisted. Their faces were completely smashed."
      The wings and talons made it clear they were owls, said Ms. Anderson said, who called Fish and Game.
      Lt. Solis soon arrived and picked up the evidence, which he described as the owl remains and a nearby two-by-four with blood and owl feathers on it.
      "When I first heard about it, I thought, 'Was this a mercy killing?' " Ms. Anderson said.
      But she said that the boys' efforts to cover it up made it clear to her it was deliberate and malicious.
      It's likely, she said, that the baby owls had fallen into the hay before the boys transported the bales to the ranch.
      She said her neighbors Tony and Thea DiNuzzo, who live in another house on the property, saw the boys hammer away at the hay stack with the board.
      She said the couple watched them through their living room window. "They watched and saw this strange behavior. They didn't know what to think."
      Soon afterward, her father came by to pick up the hay to feed the horses, Ms. Anderson said.
      "He saw the dead owls and asked, 'What's that?' "
      One of the boys replied: "They were there when we got here."
      Mr. Anderson wondered whether a hawk attacked the birds.
      "The boys got in a hurry to leave and left a few hay bales on the ground, which was unusual," Ms. Anderson said.
      Workers at hay companies know they should put bales on palettes to avoid moisture, so the teenagers clearly were in a rush, she said.
      As the boys drove off, the DiNuzzos came out and talked to Mr. Anderson. The three of them put the facts together, Ms. Anderson said.
      The maximum punishment for killing a nongame bird is six months in prison and a $1,000 fine under state law, game warden Patrick Foy told the News-Press by phone from Sacramento.
      Under the federal Migratory Bird Act, killing the baby owls is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $10,000 fine, said U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service spokesman Scott Flaherty by phone from Sacramento.
      Juveniles are not prosecuted under the federal law, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife office.
      In any case, Ms. Anderson said she sees community service as the likely outcome for the boys if convicted because they're juveniles.
      As for the state and federal laws governing this behavior, she added: "I don't think either is strong enough. Every case of deliberate violence against a human or an animal should be considered a felony."
      It was particularly tragic that the deaths happened at the sanctuary, Ms. Anderson said.
      "Our purpose is to protect animals."
      The facility cares for 20 dogs, 18 horses, six chicken, four pigs and a sheep. All but some of the horses are rescue animals.
      Because of the owls' deaths, Ms. Anderson said the ranch, which has no staff, will have increased security: Residents at the ranch will now take turns watching anyone coming on the property, gates previously left opened will be closed and signs will be posted saying that it's illegal to kill animals.
      The deaths raise questions about why anyone would kill baby animals and whether those who kill the weakest living things will go on to abuse or kill people.
      "The issue is power," said Richard Jarrette, a marriage and family therapist from Los Olivos, who sits on the advisory board for Animal Rescue Team Inc., a Santa Barbara County nonprofit. "We find a weaker thing, and we have authority over it."
      "There are some features in common with people who kill people and become serial killers," he said, adding that it doesn't necessarily follow that a kid who kills an animal would commit murder.
      "They can be good kids from good families who got carried away. However, we have to investigate."
      Mr. Jarrette explained a therapist working with youths who killed animals would need to ask questions such as, "Do they set fires? Do they wet the bed? Do other kids like them? Are they loners? How do other kids view them? What's their family history? Do they have mentors?"
      He said remorse is a hopeful sign and that there can be opportunities to treat the offenders and give them a "learning moment."
      Ms. Anderson said her wish is for the boys to learn empathy for animals.
      "I think there's always hope. We rehabilitate youths, and we rehabilitate rescued animals," she said.
      "You have to start from a place of hope."


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    • Rachel Hayes WIGAN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      Regardless of hurting bigger animals and then humans...these poor owls died. They should be punished for THAT

      • almost 3 years ago

      Because cruelty of any kind is unacceptable. Please also check out my petition to raise awareness of the different kinds of ways to support the fight against human trafficking.

      • about 3 years ago

      Owls are so beautiful and wise. I am horrified at this.

    • Erika Johnson ELLICOTT CITY, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      Put them in solitary confinement for 20 years. What they did should not be acceptable!!

      • over 3 years ago

      I say they are Dahmer's in the making, cruel and sadistic as the day is long. What's fair...a lobotomy!!!!


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