Animal abuse nonprofit hopes to help in Eagle Rock dog shooting

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Animal Justice League of America founder makes proposal

It has been four months since three labradors in Eagle Rock were shot to death and mutilated, and a nonprofit organization committed to eliminating animal abuse has stepped in hoping to help solve the ongoing issue, for which charges have not been filed.

Shane Rudman, founder of the Animal Justice League of America, has met with Dani and Sam Johnson, whose three dogs, Gus, 7, Tug, 11 months, and Kaycee, 3, were allegedly shot to death, then mutilated with gut and genital shots, while playing near their home backing up to Table Rock Lake.

Since the incident, the Barry County Sheriff’s Office has submitted two probable cause reports recommending charges to Barry County Prosecutor Amy Boxx, one recommending a misdemeanor charge and another recommending a felony. Eight protests have been held since the incident, including at the Paradise Cove Camping Resort, where the alleged shooters live; on the courthouse square in Cassville; at the Barry County Judicial Center; and at a busy intersection in Golden.

Sam Johnson has also spoken with state legislators in Jefferson City. State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick and State Sen. David Sater both said they expected charges to be filed. Boxx released a statement in late April that, in part, said, “prosecutorial ethics, longstanding policy and best legal practice mandate that no discussion be had concerning that or any matter pending determination of charges, if any.”

Rudman arrived in Barry County in late July and is hoping to get things moving in the case. Along with trying to bring more attention to the Johnsons’ dogs’ deaths, he is trying to broker a deal between the alleged shooter and the Johnsons.

A video posted to Facebook showed Rudman was attempting to leave his card for the alleged shooter when a vehicle pulled up and he spoke to the accused. Although he has not been able to talk to Boxx or the attorney representing the accused, Rudman said that short interaction with the alleged shooter led him to draft an offer aimed at calming the storm in southern Barry County.

Rudman’s proposal included the accused telling the truth and accepting responsibility, pleading to a felony animal abuse charge and losing the right to carry a weapon as a felon, pay financial restitution to the Johnsons for the three labradors, admit to any other dog killings in the area for which they are responsible and providing a written apology that may be shared in the media and online.

In exchange, the Johnsons would agree to not bring any lawsuit, call for calm by publicly stating they feel justice has been served and publicly ask others to stop harassing the accused.

“Actions have consequences,” Rudman said. “Once a person is willing to stand up and accept those consequences, no matter how big or how small the mistake, good things start to happen for that person. Most all others around them can’t help but start to respect that person once they accept responsibility. Even if they won’t admit it to others or themselves, they start the process of forgiveness. I believe everyone in this case needs to ask for or accept forgiveness. There has to be real consequences, but after those consequences are accepted, all parties can start to heal.”

Don Cupps, who is representing the accused, said he had no comment on the conditions Rudman has proposed.

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  • Don't really understand why this group, or this man has any right, or 'standing' to come in and tell us what he thinks should happen in this case...or why his opinion should carry any more weight than yours or mine...I don't think being a "non-profit" gives you any sort of authority, does it? Seems like maybe we've had enough of people from far away giving their opinions on all this mess.

    -- Posted by common-tater on Wed, Jul 18, 2018, at 10:24 PM
  • JMO...If Amy Boxx would do her job maybe other people, non profits, groups, etc wouldnt have a reason to intercede. She needs to press charges or dismiss the case which was recommended to her by other law officials. Surely she has gathered enough information to make a decision. Isn't that why she was elected to hold this office?? Certainly shouldn't take over 4 months to figure out if you have case or not unless you are possibly incompetent. That would be an explanation I suppose.

    -- Posted by Osofunny on Thu, Jul 19, 2018, at 12:37 AM
  • I don't think the Perkins should get any break at all they should be charged and Prosecuted!!! Frail Old Mrs Perkins wasn't scared of them dogs she called them to her while they were happily playing wearing their bright orange collars obviously someone's pets!!! And the whole world has a right to say what they believe should be done there! You don't have to live there to care about poor loving helpless dogs being shot for no dang reason at all! I don't think you have had enough people saying what should be done at all because NOTHING has been done! If it was your pets that this happen to you would be singing a different tune entirely!!! Why have a Prosecutor that does NOTHING??

    -- Posted by LizStrickland on Thu, Jul 19, 2018, at 7:17 PM
  • She does not look frail to me, she looks heartless and very evil.

    -- Posted by Osofunny on Fri, Jul 20, 2018, at 2:09 PM
  • She does not look frail to me, she looks heartless and very evil!!

    -- Posted by Osofunny on Fri, Jul 20, 2018, at 2:11 PM
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