Lengthen Prison Sentence for Heath Dorrell’s Animal Abuse

Lengthen Prison Sentence for Heath Dorrell’s Animal Abuse

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Heath Dorrell’s sentence should be lengthened/extended for his heartless and disgusting abuse towards these dogs. Six months is not enough!

This makes me absolutely sick. I unfortunately have met this “man” and NEVER liked hearing about how he trained/treated his animals. However, he always reassured that he trained them humanely... Please, sign and share make him suffer like these poor babies did, and many others. ���

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“A Centreville man will serve six months in prison for animal cruelty after starving three dogs nearly to death.

Heath Chaney Dorrell, 24, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of animal cruelty Oct. 17 in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court. In return for his plea, the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped felony charges of aggravated animal cruelty and additional misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty for failure to provide and inflicting unnecessary pain and suffering.

A lengthy criminal investigation led by Officer Derrick Leonard from Queen Anne’s County Animal Control found that Dorrell abandoned two black Labrador retriever puppies and an adult black Labrador for approximately a month in kennels on the Pintail Point Farm property. At the time they were rescued, all three dogs showed signs of severe malnutrition and lack of proper care and were described by a witness as “walking corpses,” according to the state’s attorney’s office. 

Assistant State’s Attorney Chelsea Endzel, who handled the case, called it worst case of animal abandonment she has handled as a prosecutor specializing in cases involving animal cruelty.

She said the most frustrating part of this case was the fact that there were several people at Pintail Point who were ready and able to care for the dogs had Dorrell simply asked.

Retired Judge Sidney S. Campen Jr. sentenced Dorrell to two years in prison, with 18 months suspended and six months to serve, plus an additional five years of supervised probation.

While on probation, Dorrell is barred from owning or caring for animals and will be required to repay nearly $12,000 in restitution to Anne Arundel Emergency Veterinary Clinic for their care of “Lane” and “Rip” and to the owner of the third dog, who had entrusted Dorrell with its care and training.”

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