On April 3, 2014 Tyler Scott Sanders pleaded guilty as charged to one count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and one count of Theft of Animals Between $500-$1,500.
On the same day, Judge Clayton Davis sentenced Sanders to 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections, with five of those years being suspended. He was also sentenced to five years in prison for the theft charge, with the time running concurrent. Upon his release, he will be on Supervised Probation for an additional five years. Judge Davis also ordered Sanders to pay $5,000 in fines and court costs.
This conviction stems from an investigation that took place in 2013 after Calcasieu Parish Animal Services took control of an injured Pit Bull puppy. The investigation revealed that the puppy was initially stolen from a secure kennel by Sanders. The animal, now named Halo, received multiple injuries from Sanders, including pellet gun wounds to the dog's head and several broken bones.
The Lake Charles Police Department assisted in the investigation.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christy Rhoades May for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.