Viewers Voice: Some don't agree with animal cruelty punishment
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CREATED Jul. 24, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Surveillance video showing puppies dragged down a Cape Coral street getting reaction from viewers not only because of the upsetting crime caught on camera but the punishment the man received for doing it.
Pedro Moreta will serve one year in jail for animal cruelty after abusing four week old puppies.
Prosecuters say video from a McDonald's on Cape Coral Parkway shows Moreta dragging and kicking the puppies a few months ago.
Along with four years of probation and counseling for anger management, Moreta is not allowed to come in contact with domestic animals.
Moreta is a Haitian national and here illegally according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and could face deportation.
Tom called Fox Four not happy with the sentence Moreta received Tuesday and suggested that very punishment.
"A year in jail, yeah he'll think about it but being deported back to his own country he might think about it a lot more," said Tom.
Opal said, "I hope they would have given him more than a year but I guess that's all the punishment he can get."
One viewer thinks the punishment is too much.
"There probably isn't a person in the world that hasn't drug a puppy that won't come along with a leash. This is kind of getting absurd...for people getting put in jail for stuff like that," he said.
In an email Nicolane wrote, "It's sad that the dogs had to go through that, but the punishment does not fit the crime; it's way too harsh."
The puppies have since been adopted and are said to be doing well.