WEATHER »

Light Puppy Torture Sentence


How does Judge Brian Hill justify the shockingly light sentence given to convicted puppy torturer Duanying Chen? This man not only inflicted unspeakable cruelty on a young puppy on multiple occasions, but he tried to strangle his girlfriend and later to intimidate her as a witness in the case against him. Any one of these actions calls for a longer sentence than the paltry 365 days in jail and five years probation that the perpetrator received. Taken together, they should’ve resulted in the maximum sentence that the district attorney asked for.

A judge who will not impose an appropriate sentence on a violent offender does not inspire confidence in his ability to protect the community as he was elected to do. There is a documented relationship between animal abuse and violence toward human beings. Judge Hill’s failure to impose a stiffer sentence puts all of us at risk.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

New Libertarian Group Seeks Major Redistricting Shakeup

Reason in Government is seeking to create an independent committee.

S.B. Attorney Gets Convicted Killer Off Death Row

Robert Lewis Jr. was deemed too intellectually disabled.

Wife Recalls Husband’s Arrest By ICE Agents in Goleta

She said Jorge was convicted of a DUI 15 years ago but has stayed out of trouble ...

Supervisors Adopt New FEMA Flood Map for Montecito and Carpinteria

It’s not perfect, they say, but it will help people rebuild more safely.

Chumash Leaders Rebury Tuqan Man on San Miguel Island

Tests indicate the remains are between 9,700 and 10,200 years old