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“Serial Animal Abuser, Charles Palmer, Sentenced to 25 Months Imprisonment for Cruelty to Animals”

by Prince Of Petworth April 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm 16 Comments


From the Washington Humane Society:

“DC resident Charles Palmer, age 35, was sentenced today to 25 months imprisonment, three years of probation, and an order not to own any animals by the Honorable Milton C. Lee, Jr. Palmer pled guilty to two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of Cruelty to Animals, as well as one misdemeanor count of Simple Assault on January 31, 2014.

Palmer was indicted November 26, 2013 on fourteen counts, including five felony counts of Cruelty to Animals and five misdemeanor counts of Cruelty to Animals involving ten different dogs. Three of the ten dogs are now deceased, allegedly at the hands of the defendant, and two of the dogs (Porter and Roxy) were rescued and rehabilitated by WHS. At this time the location of the five additional dogs is unknown.

“Today’s sentencing is a major victory for the animals in the District. This case was one of the most horrific abuse cases my team has ever experienced. The officers who rescued Porter and Roxy, the medical team and caregivers who mended them, and the families who fostered and ultimately adopted them, all played a role in today’s outcome. This sentencing sets a precedent that animal cruelty is not acceptable, can and will be charged as a felony offense in DC, and will be punishable to the fullest extent under the law.” Lisa LaFontaine, Washington Humane Society President and CEO, stated.

WHS was first alerted to this significant abuse on April 23, 2012 after receiving a call that Palmer was allegedly fighting with his pit bull type dog (Porter) and was seen beating him, slamming the animal to the ground repeatedly, bringing him into the woods, and then exiting the woods with just the leash.

During the twenty plus month investigation that ensued, WHS Officers made multiple visits to the defendant’s address following several public reports of animal abuse.

Roxy, a second survivor, was rescued by WHS officers on June 19, 2013. When officers arrived at Palmer’s then address, Roxy was found to have difficulties standing, and like Porter, the young female pit bull type dog was rushed to an emergency veterinarian. She was found to have a broken front leg, broken rear femoral head, a broken rear toe, and two lacerations on her head. After her treatment, Roxy was taken in by a foster family who nursed her back to health and adopted her.

After delivering the sentence, Judge Milton C. Lee, Jr. expressly thanked the Washington Humane Society for stepping up and caring for these animals.”

Roxy nursed her back to health

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a fan of dogs, but this is just sick. I hope he shares a cell with a dog lover.

  • Anonymous

    What an f-ing monster.

  • Anonymous

    I hope he dies in jail, no one will miss him.

  • Anonymous

    Horrible, horrible – thank you WHS for stepping in.

  • AJL

    25 months?!?! That’s it?

    • Anonymous

      on the one hand, as an animal lover, i agree with you, but on the other, that’s a pretty serious sentence in a society that otherwise countenances so much cruelty to animals (in our farming system etc). So, nice job WHS and the court system.

      • Anonymous

        Sadly, you’re very right. Anyone who’s been involved in animal rescue is well aware that most animal abusers get a slap on the wrist and pretty much can go on as usual. I think 25 months is a pathetically small sentence for someone this sick, however as far as animal abuse cases go, it is a pretty serious sentence as long as he actually serves it.
        I hope those five other unaccounted for babies are in a better place and not with some other sicko dog fighter :(

  • yunkstahn

    People who abuse animals are worthless pieces of shit. They should have done to them what they did to the animals. I wish nothing but pain and misery on this man while he lives, and I hope he dies a slow and horrible death.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Yea! Way to go Wash Humane, Lisa, Scott and the rest of the team. Two plus years is going in the right direction – I think that’s even more than Vick served.

  • brightwooder

    Glad to see some justice served. Hopefully this will help deter other disgusting animal abusers in our community. Good work WHS!

  • shawguy

    25 months isn’t nearly enough. Ten years, minimum. If this guy will do this repeatedly to dogs, he’ll do it to people. He’s a menace and society deserves to be protected from him.

  • JinDC

    there is a special place in hell for people who hurt animals and children – those who cannot defend themselves or tell of the abuse. I wish WHS continued success with putting these awful people behind bars.

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  • JL

    What a sick bastard. He needs to go to jail for way longer. People who beat on animals are cowards. Can you imagine if this guy had kids?

    Good on WHS for bringing these dogs into loving homes and getting the city to uphold the laws to what they are actually for.

  • C3PO

    My god, I hope he suffers in jail.

  • Anonymous

    He should be in jail for 25 YEARS!! The worst kind of person. What kind of upbringing must you have to act like this. Get a job, get a life, take your misery out on something that can actually defend itself. Now you’ll see how it feels to live in a cage like the monster you are.


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