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DC resident sentenced in horrific animal cruelty investigation

Antonio Jacobs of Washington, D.C. was sentenced on Sept. 25 to serve 15 months in jail and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to felony cruelty to animals on July 27. The sentence follows a Humane Rescue Alliance-led investigation.

The full sentence also includes: 90 days jail time (consecutive) for failure to appear, 30 days jail time (concurrent) for a contempt charge brought on by the Office of Attorney General, a stay away order on owning or possessing animals throughout the duration of his supervised release, mental health assessment/treatment and $150 for the Victims of Violent Crimes Act program.

During sentencing, the judge described the crimes as “psychotic” and “psychopathic behavior.” 

On the evening of Nov. 27, 2017 on the 700 block of Southern Ave. SE, Jacobs killed his family’s cat, named Butter, in front of two witnesses, including a child. One witness reported that Jacobs stomped on the cat’s head, put him in a brown plastic bag and placed the bag in the dumpster behind his apartment complex.

The Metropolitan Police Department responded and arrested Jacobs on scene, at HRA’s direction. HRA Humane Law Enforcement officers also responded and recovered the cat’s body from the dumpster. A forensic veterinarian performed a necropsy on the cat and determined that based on the degree of the skull injuries and hemorrhage within the cranium, the cause of the cat’s death can be attributed to brain trauma, with asphyxiation as a possible contributing factor.

Jacobs failed to appear in court to respond to felony animal cruelty charges multiple times, resulting in an outstanding bench warrant.

On Feb. 12, 2020, HRA received a call from MPD in reference to a dog who was stabbed to death and thrown into a dumpster. Further investigation revealed Jacobs had allegedly killed the dog with a single stab wound to his neck during a domestic dispute while the dog was in the arms of a woman. MPD arrested Jacobs on Feb. 28 for the outstanding bench warrant, and additional charges were filed on March 9 for the alleged stabbing death of the dog.

“Research shows that animal abuse often co-exists with violence toward people,” said Chris Schindler, vice president of field services at the Humane Rescue Alliance. “Those who abuse animals should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to prevent them from escalating to violent crimes against people. For the safety of our entire community, we urge anyone who witnesses animal cruelty to speak up – lives depend on it.”


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