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
  • 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

  • sabalmap.jpg Sabal Trail explains its position

    Representatives from Sabal Trail Transmission recently sat down with The Times to provide an update on the ongoing pipeline and potential economic development opportunities associated with the project.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072514-MoodyComp007.jpg Moody AFB crews race in load competition

    Moody Air Force Base hosted a weapons load competition Friday morning, a maintenance group tradition in which two 23d Maintenance Group A-10 munition load crews raced against the clock to load munitions onto an A-10C Thunderbolt II.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • moonshine bust.jpg Police close illegal drinking house

    After receiving numerous complaints, the Valdosta Police Department shut down an illegal alcohol sales operation Friday.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • election.jpg Black earns most votes in runoff

    State Rep. Ellis Black led the votes for state Senate District 8 Friday with seven of seven counties reporting certified results, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140724-LAT1.jpg Little Actors Theatre ready for summer show

    Since 2004, the Little Actors Theatre has provided a place for children ages 6 to 19 to express themselves through acting.

    July 25, 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