Posted: Oct 19, 2010 9:27 PM by John Romero
Updated: Oct 20, 2010 2:51 AM
Recently an animal abuse case involving 28 different charges against Diane Walker was plead down to one misdemeanor count that will give her 2 years probation. She and her Husband Samuel Walker were arrested in December 2009 after about a hundred dogs were found at their property near Hartsel. Eight of those dogs were dead. Reaction on the ruling came swift. "They were way to light on her." says Michele Sullivan of Colorado Springs, "They should have prosecuted to the full extent." "In general when we handle investigations we feel these need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. These animals are suffering." explains Jan McHugh-Smith with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
The district attorney's office says it was a tough case for several reasons. For one, they had a hard time getting neighbors to testify against Walker. Also they believe her involvement in the case wasn't to the extent that Samuel Walker's was. A lack of a criminal record on Diane Walker's part was a deciding factor in the plea agreement too. "We were looking at the fact that Miss Walker did not have any prior criminal history in this area." explains Thom LeDoux the District Attorney for the 11th Judicial District.
Even so everyone we spoke to wasn't satisfied with the outcome. "It's just unfair." says Sullivan, "They're not just pets. They're like human beings. You treat them like you would want to be treated and obviously she wasn't being a very good pet owner." Colorado Springs resident Hannah Hall agrees, "Let's put her in a cell and not feed her." she says, "Hit her around and see how she likes it." Currently there is no plea deal in place for Samuel Walker. His next court date is scheduled for November 2nd.