Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

November 5, 2013

Man sentenced for animal cruelty

Gets probation, fine, community service over malnourished puppy

VALDOSTA — A local man has been given the maximum fine and a stiff sentence in an animal cruelty case that had local animal rights activists outraged.

Antonio Baker, 27, was sentenced by Municipal Court Judge Vernita Bender Oct. 21 to one year of probation, during which he will not be allowed to have any animals, 80 hours of community service to be served at an animal shelter, a $500 fine, the maximum, and 10 days in jail, according to reports.

The most peculiar part of his sentence is the 10 days of jail time Baker was given to serve during weekends. Jail time is rarely given in animal cruelty cases in Georgia, according to Judy Haverkamp, a Humane Society volunteer.

“Judge Bender said it was one of the worst cases of animal cruelty she had ever seen,” said Haverkamp.

Animal Control officers took a two to five-month-old puppy, Dex, from Baker's residence Aug. 9. Dex, was taken to the Lowndes County Animal Shelter, but efforts to save his life were unsuccessful and Dex died from severe malnutrition Aug. 12, according to Haverkamp.

Animal rights activist protested outside the courthouse before Baker’s day in court, holding signs and pictures of Dex in his malnourished state.

“We really hope this encourages people to speak up and tell someone when they see animal abuse,” said Haverkamp.

Text Only
Local News
  • Jim Zachary Mug shot.jpg Zachary named The Valdosta Daily Times’ editor

    Veteran newspaper editor Jim Zachary has assumed the editor’s chair at The Valdosta Daily Times.
    During the past two decades Zachary has been one of the most decorated community newspaper journalists in Georgia and Tennessee.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-griner001.jpg Griner takes oath

     Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow commissioners, Clay Griner took the oath of office Monday morning as the Lowndes County Super District 5 commissioner.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-man_hunt001.jpg Dump truck thieves sought

    Authorities continued searching for suspects Monday evening connected to a stolen dump truck involved in a chase with law-enforcement.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • City workers strike natural gas main

    A gas leak evacuated a neighborhood Monday when workers struck a natural gas main.

    July 29, 2014

  • education.jpg Desegregation status approved

    Forty-three years after an initial lawsuit was filed to force the system to desegregate, Valdosta City Schools has officially been approved for “unitary status.”

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • ARociewilliams_002.jpg Woman shares nearly a century of lessons

    With nearly 100 years of life under her belt, Ocie Viola Williams has plenty of advice to share with the world. Her top two pieces of advice: know the importance of education and don’t expect a teacher to raise your child for you. 

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • psst1 photo page copy.jpg PSST! finishes peachy season

    Peach State Summer Theatre concluded its 2014 season Sunday, a season which broke attendance records for the professional musical theatre company.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_2381.jpeg Award-winning young professionals share success secrets

    The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber’s MetroOne Young Professionals hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn to highlight successful business practices.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140726_summerlibrary002.jpg Library celebrates end of summer reading program

    With the first day of school just around the corner, students are soaking in the last few weeks of summer vacation. The end of summer also means the end of the South Georgia Regional Library’s 2014 summer reading program.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • artseason1 copy.jpg A sneak peek at some area arts organizations’ 2014-15 seasons

    Beethoven. Tennessee Williams. Non-stop art. Two versions of “The Wizard of Oz.” The 2014-15 arts season is coming.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results