NEW ORLEANS, LA – Police have arrested Kisha Carter on animal cruelty charges after they say she killed two puppies by tossing them from the third floor of a motel balcony.
The SPCA said they received a report that a guest at the Crystal Inn tossed the puppies from a balcony at the motel. Another guest found the injured puppies and rushed them to a nearby animal hospital. One of the puppies died on the way, while the other died at the hospital.
SPCA said they were able to identify Carter as the person responsible after interviewing the guest that found the puppies and reviewing the motel’s surveillance footage.
They worked with New Orleans police and Carter was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of simple cruelty to animals. She is currently being held without a set bond on a municipal attachment – which, in Louisiana, usually means she failed to appear to court on a past charge.
If Kisha Carter is convicted, the most she would be looking at is a fine up to $1,000 and a possible six months behind bars. I checked out Louisiana’s animal cruelty laws and I’m wondering why they charged her with simple animal cruelty and not aggravated animal cruelty.
Check out the differences yourself, and tell me what you think. Based on the law alone, and not emotion, how does tossing two puppies off a balcony constitute as simple animal cruelty? I see the following clause:
(i) Mistreats any living animal by any act or omission whereby unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death is caused to or permitted upon the animal.
But aggravated animal cruelty has the following clause:
(4) Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence mistreats any living animal whether belonging to himself or another by any act or omission which causes or permits unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain, suffering, or death to the animal shall also be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.
So my guess is that prosecutors had no way to prove the animals were tossed off the balcony on purpose, but who knows.Tags: Animal Cruelty, Kisha Carter, Louisiana, motel, puppies