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Ex-officer charged in puppy case will stand trial

Posted September 17, 2008

— A Superior Court judge says that a former city police officer accused of burying eight puppies alive must face trial on felony animal cruelty charges despite having paid fines to Cumberland County for violating a county animal cruelty ordinance.

John Leggett's attorney, Bruce Cunningham, had argued that because Leggett paid $800 in fines for county ordinance violations, prosecution on the charges that a grand jury brought in October would be double jeopardy.

Judge Jack Thomas rejected the argument in a ruling Monday.

County animal control agents accused Leggett, who breeds hunting dogs, of burying the puppies on his property in Cedar Creek. Two died. The other six and their mother were seized so they could be put up for adoption.


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  • travelgal100 Sep 18, 2008

    What a waste of my time

  • Common Sense Man Sep 18, 2008

    "Clearly double jeopardy. Hope he appeals the ruling."

    The fines he paid were civil. This is criminal. No double jeopardy.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 18, 2008

    There is no unusual cruelty here. I do think that he should be prosecuted at the same level as anyone else who "unnecessarily" kills animals. This includes for food.

    Think I'm wrong? Check out the chart at the bottom of this paper by Dr. Milton Mills: http://www.vegsource.com/veg_faq/comparative.htm

  • NC_native_belle Sep 18, 2008

    If he is that ignorant, disrespectful, and just plain cruel to his own dogs, can you imagine how he must treat the people he pulls or the ones that are in his custody??? I hope he looses his freedom & his badge for this!

  • Silver loves Rebel Red puppies Sep 18, 2008

    One of my friends called me about this case right after it happened. It was on the late news. She wanted me to know because she knows I like hunting dogs, and wanted to see if I wanted to adopt one. I don't know how anyone could be so cruel.

  • eth1kzj3 Sep 18, 2008

    Michael Vick should have got more than what he did because of animal cruelty such as the same I hope this guy does. It doesn't matter your race, creed, religion or anything else. If you want to be inhumane and cruel to animals you should be punished like the rest of them. There should be zero tolerance.

  • PJM Sep 18, 2008

    This has really been on the down low....this is my first time hearing about this but when it was a african american football player who had money....this was a national stab in the back for him and now you say this ex-officer will go to trial....why was it a question...he breeds dogs and buried her offspring. what else was needed to determine the need for a trial.THAT IS ALL I AM SAYING........watch out for the glass from the rocks thrown at the glass house

  • St Ives Sep 18, 2008

    I say charge him for the death of one puppy at a time.

  • ChristaS Sep 18, 2008

    I think anyone who abuses or tortures animals, especially small puppies or the like should be put in prison for a very long stretch. It is cruel and inhumane to do something to a defenseless animal like that for absolutely NO reason and for some idiot to compare that to the raising of animals for FOOD for PEOPLE is absolutely just stupid. If you want to be a vegetarian, so be it, but God created certain animals for food purposes for PEOPLE and there is NOTHING wrong with that. I am not saying I like it or would like to have a job doing it, but I do eat meat and chicken and unfortunately, there is no way to get around that. I believe humans need/desire food from all groups. To each their own.

  • Timbo Sep 18, 2008

    "Every time we sit down to eat, we choose our own contribution of violence and cruelty. On average, Vegetarians save the lives of 83 animals per year."

    Good for you. I choose meat, you choose to make plants scream, silently.