Maximum Sentence for Man Who Cut Off His Dog Karma’s Leg
  • Petitioned Hon. Nelson E. Bailey

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15th Judicial Circuit of Florida
Hon. Nelson E. Bailey

Maximum Sentence for Man Who Cut Off His Dog Karma’s Leg

    1. Hand 4Paws
    2. Petition by

      Hand 4Paws

      Albuquerque, NM

Belle Glade, FL: In one of the worst cases of animal cruelty that Palm Beach Animal Control has ever seen, Luc Jean Baptiste has been arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. Jean Baptiste allegedly hog-tied his 10-year-old dog, duct-taped her mouth shut, and removed part of her front leg using a saw. According to officials, Jean Baptiste said he removed the dog’s leg because it was injured.

The sweet 10-year-old pit bull mix dog is now at Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. Seven other adult dogs and four puppies were also taken from the home. Palm Beach County ACC's director, Dianne Sauve, named the dog Karma, saying “what goes around comes around.”

Karma also has a severe infection in her uterus, which shows she was probably used for breeding. A veterinarian will perform surgery to remove her uterus, as well as repair her leg. Once she is healed, Karma is expected to be put up for adoption.

This petition respectfully requests that if found guilty, Luc Jean Baptiste receives the maximum sentence allowable under law for animal cruelty and that he never again be allowed to own animals.

For more information on this story: http://www.examiner.com/pet-rescue-in-national/south-florida-man-charged-with-felony-animal-cruelty-for-sawing-off-dog-s-leg

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime/glades-man-accused-of-cutting-dogs-leg-off-2287444.html

Image of Karma courtesy of: Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control

This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same.

To:
Hon. Nelson E. Bailey, 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that if found guilty, Luc Jean Baptiste receives the maximum sentence allowable under law for animal cruelty and that he never again be allowed to own animals.

Thank you for your prompt attention in this matter.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Probation

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      9/23/13: Luc Jean Baptiste received 3 yrs probation and credit for jail time served (81 days). Also 50 hrs community service and he cannot own animals while on probation. He consented to allowing Animal Control to perform random inspections of his property during probation. He shall forfeit all firearms and possess no weapons during his probation.

    2. Next court date

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Plea conference set for 9/23/13.

    3. Petition to be sent

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      This petition is now closed, so it can be sent to the judge. Thank you so much for signing and sharing!

    4. Karma was ADOPTED!!

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      So happy for you, Karma, that you will now get the love and attention you deserve.

    5. Reached 8,000 signatures
    6. Petition to be closed and sent

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      This petition will be closed and sent soon, so it may be received by the judge before the court date. Thank you so much for signing and sharing!

    7. Reached 7,000 signatures
    8. Update on Karma

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Please click on the link to see an update from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. They have been caring for sweet Karma and report that she is doing well, and is now ready for a new home!

    9. Reached 6,000 signatures
    10. Reached 5,000 signatures
    11. Reached 4,000 signatures
    12. Donations sought for medical treatment for abused dog

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      If you would like to help with Karma's medical costs (she may need to see an orthopedic specialist to remove part of the remaining bone, and the surgery will be costly), donations can be made through the Animal Control's Miracle Pet Program. This article gives the following address to mail checks: PBC Animal Care and Control, ATTN: Customer Service, 7100 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33411. Read more at this link.

    13. Reached 3,000 signatures
    14. Reached 2,000 signatures
    15. Man Hogties Dog, Then Cuts Off Leg Using A Handsaw

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Read more about Karma on this link. According to this news story, sounds like all the dogs removed were underfed and had parasites.

    16. Reached 750 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Nello Fontani PADUA, ITALY
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe that animals need respect like people, they suffer and have feelings.

      People that do things like that could be also dangerous

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    • Naomi Mignone OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
      • over 2 years ago

      This psychotic, evil monster needs lifetime in jail. He is a serious danger to all animals and people. Lock him up forever!

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    • Joeen Bright ARTEMUS, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      If the dog needed his paw amputated then the owner should have taken him/her to the vet. Unless there was no other way, such as the dog being pinned, but afterward taken to vet.

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    • Marilyn Petty GALVESTON, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Please give this owner the maximum sentence for cutting up his dog's leg with a saw (no anesthesia) and undoubtedly no antibiotics. This man should never be allowed to have animals in his possession.

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    • judy winters SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      to be moral?

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