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Kennett man charged with felony for torturing, killing puppy

Friday, June 26, 2009 ~ Updated 2:41 PM

A 19-year-old Kennett man is currently facing a class D felony charge of animal abuse after killing his brother's puppy.

According to a report by Jesse Wells, of the Kennett Police Department, on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, officers responded to a report of a disturbance on Harris Street.

Wells said that upon arrival, he located two males, later identified as Davie Vincint and Lewis Howard III, arguing in the street.

After separating the two individuals, Wells said he spoke with Vincint, who said that when he came home from work he found his 3-month-old puppy dead, hanging by a leash from a tree in the back yard with a metal pole in the collar.

Vincint said he spoke with his cousin who told him that Howard, Vincint's brother, was bragging about killing the animal, according to Wells. When Howard returned to the home, the two brothers began to argue and fight.

As Wells began to investigate the scene, he said he located a small brown and black puppy in the back yard by a tree, with no signs of life.

The animal had a small black metal pole in the collar, as if someone had twisted it, according to Wells. The officer the said photos were taken of the animal for the images section of the report.

Wells said he then returned to speak with Howard, who stated he was mad at his brother because he had kicked him out and had been assaulting him. Howard continued, saying that he had heard his brother was going to kill him all day, so he went to Vincint's house to apologize, but Vincint was not there.

Wells reported that at this point, Howard admitted that he was mad at his brother so he killed the dog by putting a metal pole inside the collar and twisting it until it was not breathing. The officer then placed Howard under arrest.

Howard, who was originally charged with a misdemeanor of animal neglect, was released after a 24-hour hold.

After further investigation, Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen P. Sokoloff is now charging Howard with the class D felony of animal abuse, due to the fact that the death involved torture while the animal was still alive.

If convicted, Howard could face up to four years in the state penitentiary, up to two years in the county jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or a combination of a fine and jail time, according to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jonce Chidister.

Howard is scheduled for an arraignment hearing before Judge John C. Spielman at 9 a.m., on Friday, July 10.

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Public floggin maybe, but the death penalty?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 2:49 PM

This is not funny. That Howard needs psycological help. If these two brothers are already enemies this sure isn't going to help. I wouldn't go near him until hes had a psyc eval, but no, they just turn him loose. So much for the law. I hope he doesn't do the same to someone else as he did that pup.

-- Posted by ArcticFox on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 3:15 PM

sick twisted individual

a padded room with 24 hour psych care is what he needs

-- Posted by Skeptic1 on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 4:07 PM

Sounds like a bunch of "in-bred" idiots! Why take it out on the dog? I would certainly like to help relieve his frustrations......BY BEATING HIS HEAD AGAINST THE TREE! What a moron!

-- Posted by arrestthem on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 4:11 PM

Too bad castration isn't a sentencing option in these cases. God knows we don't need psychotic filth like this reproducing.

-- Posted by heye1967 on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 4:25 PM

Sounds to me that Lewis Howard III is a liar and a coward. If it is true that Davie Vincint wanted to kill him,...i can't imagine why.

-- Posted by 2500 on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 4:56 PM

What can I say but another waste of taxpayer money.

-- Posted by gumbo road on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 6:11 PM

"Wells said he then returned to speak with Howard, who stated he was mad at his brother because he had kicked him out and had been assaulting him. Howard continued, saying that he had heard his brother was going to kill him all day, so he went to Vincint's house to apologize, but Vincint was not there".

Boy...what an apoligy! I hope he gets the four years in prison then he doesn't have to worry about a place to stay.

I agree with arrestthem.

-- Posted by Hookie98 on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 6:52 PM

I find it disturbing that the life of a dog is held in much higher regard than the life of an unborn child. And, we call the puppy killer "sick" - go figure.

-- Posted by malan on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 7:28 PM

Some people are born just plain mean! Here is a perfect example! If he goes to prison, he will come out just as mean as when he went in. Wait, he may have not been born mean, his parents may have had to work hard to make him that way!

-- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 7:48 PM

Amen Malan

He would have made a great assistant to the former Dr. Tiller.

-- Posted by gman on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 7:54 PM

Geez some of you people are freaks. There's more outrage over this than most human murder cases in this area. Usually if it's a human victim, there's usually a camp that blames the victim and publicly brings any shortcomings they may have had to light and almost make it sound as if they had it coming. That said, to those who say kill the dog killer, castrate him, physically harm him in any way, you are just as demented on some certain level for having such desires. I agree he should be incarcerated for his crime but wishing physical harm on him for an animal's death is about as "inbred" as his own crime. There's nothing wrong with thinking what he did was horrible and inhumane, and flat out wrong, but some of you take it to a whole different level with ill intented wishes of harm to befall the man. He made a poor judgement and will pay for it.

-- Posted by Cap_Anson on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 8:05 PM

Thank you, Mr. Sokoloff, for charging this piece of trash with a felony instead of a misdemeanor! Thank you for believing that this puppy's life was of value. Now, it's up to the judge to slap this guy with all he can. He doesn't need to be amongst society as he clearly has mental health issues. What a horrible death this helpless puppy sustained... I only wish I had pursued a law degree. I'd love to have the fate of this man in my hands. Abuse is never justifiable, and not to be tolerated, ever. No matter if the victim is two-legged or four, a helpless vulnerable life is just that - helpless and vulnerable - and it's our responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

-- Posted by fauxpaw2 on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 8:10 PM

But adding a stiffer penalty to the four legged variety often miffs me..........

-- Posted by Cap_Anson on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 9:49 PM


-- Posted by GYPSYROSE91 on Mon, Jun 29, 2009, at 12:05 AM

If authorities would do to people like this, what these people do to poor precious, defenseless, innocent, animals and children the world would be a better place and sicko's would think twice before they commit such heinous acts. I say put a collar on him, run a pole down through it, twist untill he's dead. An eye for an eye, and no taxpayer money wasted on this worthless maggot.

-- Posted by Delesa on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 12:00 AM

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