Animal cruelty laws in question following the sentencing of two men who slit a dogs throat

MOREHOUSE PARISH, LA (KNOE 8 NEWS) - As the sentencing came down on Boots Stanley and Steven Sadler, the e-mails and comments came right along with it.

The men were sentenced to 3 years probation, a $5,000 fine, and community service after pleading guilty to slitting a dog's throat on Snapchat. The dog died.

District Attorney Steve Tew said he didn't agree with the judge's decision Thursday morning.

Now, he's calling on state lawmakers to strengthen animal cruelty laws. He wants them to introduce legislation to punish those who criminally harm and or neglect animals.

Area lawmakers said it's worth a conversation.

"Cruelty to any type of animal that leads to a lot of another kind of violence that you see that people are really deranged," Senator Neil Riser (R) said.

When it comes to punishment, the law says anyone guilty of aggravated animal cruelty shall be fined not less than $5,000 nor more than $25,000.

Or, imprisoned with or without hard labor, for not less than one year and not more than ten years, or both. The criminal would also be ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation shall be banned by court order from owning or keeping animals for a period of time.

"My office will be in contact with his office to sit down with him to see what's the best route to take on legislation to strengthen these laws," Katrina Jackson (D) said.

Lawmakers said they don't know how the law could be changed, but laws could always be understood differently.

"The goal is to try to find the balance between what law we do have on the books and how we look at those laws and interpret those laws, so there is some judicial as well as district attorney's discretion despite how we make the laws," Rep. Marcus Hunter (D) said.

Lawmakers said they don't see any laws changing this year, but would bring it to the table next year.