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Dachshund drowning? There’s an App for that

Nathan App was sentenced in Montgomery County Court in Pennsylvania to five years of probation and 60 hours of community service after trying to drown a woman’s dachshund in a backyard swimming pool.

Under a plea agreement, App, 20, of Douglass Township, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals.

“His conduct was disgusting. It was a small, helpless dog. He was basically torturing the dog by repeatedly dunking the dog in water and dragging it by its leash in the water,” Assistant District Attorney Abby Silverman said of the July incident.

Judge William R. Carpenter, who accepted a plea agreement in the case, also ordered App to undergo a psychological evaluation, and prohibited App from owning any animals, according to an article in the Delaware County Daily Times.

App apparently has a history with the dog’s owner — a previous court order had prohibited him from having any contact with her. Apparently, her dog was another matter.

The dog’s owner, who rushed the dog to a veterinarian for treatment after the incident, told police she was alerted to the attempted drowning by her neighbors who had witnessed the cruelty.

Two neighbors reported they observed App pull the dog by a leash into the pool area and then throw the dog into the water, according to the arrest affidavit. One witness claimed App tossed the dog into the air and watched the dog land in the pool, then repeatedly dunked the dog under the water.

Neighbors yelled at App and he pulled the dog out of the water, police said.

The dachshund survived.


Comment from bluhawkk
Time November 19, 2009 at 6:54 am

Waterboarding would be appropriate justice.

Comment from Jenifer
Time November 19, 2009 at 3:36 pm

I agree, bluhawkk – with the addition of liberal use of a choke chain AND a pinch collar.

I really wish that District Attorneys and assorted prosecutors would read these blogs and forums and do a little self-education about what the public REALLY wants to see in prosecution and punishment for these animal cruelty crimes. I don’t think a lot of them got the memo (or if they did maybe they just didn’t care) that people who torture animals move on to humans.

I firmly believe two things would be effective in reducing animal cruelty: “eye for an eye” and a LOT of public shame. The early colonists had a wonderful crime prevention device called stocks and pillory and the criminal had to endure public shaming and spite. Very effective, that nonlethal but painful punishment – punishment not only with physical discomfort and inconvenience but strong emotional pain which may be even more effective – scratch that, IS more effective – than a mere wrist slap.

Comment from Robert
Time November 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Yeah, he was probably one of the first to come against Michael Vick.

Comment from Emma
Time December 9, 2009 at 11:46 pm

What the f***, What a sick **** man if i ever saw him i’d throw him off the bridge omg thats is so f***ing cruel .. Omg grrr

Comment from Elliot
Time August 5, 2010 at 5:16 am

Who ever does this should be thrown off a bridge and we should see if they could fly!

Comment from Monkee Man
Time December 20, 2010 at 11:38 am

Hope someone throws you off a bridge, asshole