Image: The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office has charged Devlin James Derek Andrews with Third Degree Felony Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals after he set a dog on fire on December 15, 2019.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, January 7 – Devlin James Derek Andrews faces Third Degree Felony Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals charges for setting a dog on fire on December 15, 2019, and causing the animal to die in such a cruel manner. Andrews rightfully also faces community outrage over his conduct.
Lynn O’Sullivan, a Board of Directors member and the Secretary of the Board of The Homeless Animal Kindness Society (THANKS), an animal rights organization based in Montgomery County, expressed her outrage.
“Mr. Andrews’ behavior was atrocious. I appreciate the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office action in prosecuting this crime. I also appreciate the action of the 86th Texas Legislature in making this crime a Third Degree Felony when it had previously been a misdemeanor,” O’Sullivan explained.
The District Attorney’s Office filed the formal charges against Andrews on January 2, 2020, for the Third Degree Felony. Specifically, District Attorney Brett Ligon determined there was sufficient evidence to charge Andrews with “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly torture or in a cruel manner kill or in a cruel manner cause serious bodily injury to an animal, to-wit: a dog by setting the dog on fire…on or about December 15, 2019.”
Section 42.09(b) of the Texas Penal Code provides: “A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:
(1) tortures an animal or in a cruel manner kills or causes serious bodily injury to an animal.” Section 42.09(c-1) makes the crime a Third Degree Felony. Third Degree Felonies are punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Comments on social media were appropriately harsh with respect to Andrews’ conduct and included the following example: “That’s someone that needs to be put out of their misery. Too bad euthanasia is not an option.”