Jerry Finch Speaks Out on Animal Cruelty Case
March 30, 2010 was the day that Tony Meyers was scheduled to stand trial in St. Martins Parish, Louisiana for animal cruelty charges where he inflicted grievous harm to a mare, three years ago. He pleaded guilty as charged the day before, after jury selection.
“You remember the story of Naysa, the mare we retrieved from Louisiana after she was violently attacked by a “trainer” when she would not load in a trailer so he could haul her down the road and sell her for $100. Meyers had just bought her at an auction for $35 and, in an effort to increase his retirement income by $65, started loading her in a trailer. Her resistance led him to wrap her halter in barbed wire and drag her 3/4th of a mile down the road. After she fell, he decided to put a bullet through her head, unhook the trailer so it ran over the top of her, and left to go do whatever these type of professional trainers do.
Long story short, she ended up in one of our trailers and made the trip to a foster home, Debbie Pendleton, where she went through three major operations and some intense daily care for 11 months. At that point a wonderful lady named Jolee came and took her to a horse heaven in Florida, where she is treated like the Queen that she is.
The survival and rehab of Naysa is a dramatic story that is still being celebrated, but the punishment of Tony Meyers for his horrible abuse has been lacking, despite more than enough emails, phone calls and letters to the District Attorney handling the case. Twice before I’ve had my bags packed and ready for the drive to St Martinsville to testify and both times the trial has been postponed, now the time has come.”
“Meyers pleaded guilty.” Jerry continued, “Once he took a look at the jury, he caved in, started CRYING and said he was guilty as charged. That charge in Louisiana is Aggravated Animal Cruelty, a felony.
Sentenced to three years at hard labor, sentence probated, may not be around horses for three years in that Parish or anywhere until he completes a psychological evaluation and completes whatever they assign him, plus pays all court costs and $50 a month probation fee.”
Question is; does the punishment fit the crime?
“In a world with throw-away pets and people who couldn’t care less, those of us who do care should be satisfied with whatever small slap on the wrist we can elicit from the judicial system, but we cannot let go of the dream. Wild horses and burros should stay wild, domestic animals should treated with love and respect. Until that time, there will always be cruelty and destruction of life.
Did anyone learn a lesson from this? Is our society wiser or kinder or more gentle? Or was the lesson taught that cruelty should be hidden from the public? Perhaps that is why the BLM refuses to let the public view what they are doing. Seems that the BLM is little more than a group of people like Meyers who have the protection of the government.”
We couldn’t agree more.
For more information on Naysa’s recovery and Habitat for Horses great work, please click HERE