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Justice For Dog Decapitated With Chain Saw & The Link Between Non-Human Animal & Animal Abuse

September 25, 2010

Urgent update, thank you to Susan for this information!

Please call the DA assigned to this case, DA Brent Capshaw:

505-599-9810   xt. 125

It is IMPERATIVE you be polite but firm about wanting the MAXIMUM sentencing for these two REPEAT OFFENDERS.

In New Mexico the maximum for Felony Aggravated Animal Cruelty is ONLY 18 months. This Thursday, 9/30, is the preliminary hearing where they will be allowed to plea; please urge DA Capshaw NO plea bargaining for these two. Remind him children were witnesses and both perps have prior arrests and the victim was tortured relentlessly!

Please call DA Brent Capshaw at: 505-599-9810 & ask for extension 125. If you don’t get him, please leave a courteous message. The advocate for the dog is Marianne Bixler.

Thank you.

Immediate, please sign:
Justice For Dog Decapitated With Chain Saw

From The Daily Times
By Elizabeth Piazza:

Sheriff’s deputies issued arrest warrants for two Aztec men Wednesday after the pair allegedly cut a dog’s head off with a chainsaw when the knife they tried to use didn’t work.

Young children were inside the residence at the time.

Teddy Sexton, 32, and Corey Bowen, 31, face charges of fourth-degree felony extreme cruelty to animals, which carries up to 18 months in prison, San Juan County Sheriff’s Lt. Dwayne Faverino said.

A Children, Youth and Families Department investigator tipped off deputies to the incident after being notified about several young children suffering from nightmares stemming from the incident.

The men allegedly were trying to put the 2-year-old pit bull down because it previously bit a 9-year-old girl who was visiting the residence, Faverino said.

“Sexton said this was the second time the dog has bitten someone and he felt it needed to be put down,” Faverino said.

Because Sexton is on felony probation, he told deputies he couldn’t obtain a gun. Instead, he grabbed a kitchen knife and went to the place where the dog was tied up, Faverino said.

He and Bowen, who lives on the same property, attempted to use the knife to cut the dog’s throat, but they were having difficulty and grabbed the chainsaw, Faverino said.

Sheriff’s deputies and an animal control officer recovered the dog’s body, which will be tested for rabies.

A Children, Youth and Families Department investigator tipped off deputies to the incident after being notified about several young children suffering from nightmares stemming from the incident.

It is unknown if the children, believed to be Sexton’s, witnessed the incident, Faverino said.

Sexton told deputies the children were in the house when he killed the dog.

The children don’t live at the residence, Faverino said.

“This is horrible,” said Betty Berry, a board member for the San Juan Animal League. “I don’t care what the situation is. You always have humane options.”

Any veterinarian and either of the two area shelters would help in a situation like this, Berry said.

“It’s downright cruel,” she said.

Sexton was arrested Thursday on a probation violation and booked at San Juan County Adult Detention Center. He will be served with the animal cruelty charges in jail, Faverino said.

This isn’t the first encounter with law enforcement for either man.

Sexton’s criminal history includes aggravated battery against a household member, false imprisonment and drug possession charges, according to the state website,

Bowen was charged with drunken driving in 2005.


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The headline alone is enough to turn stomachs. According to the Daily Times, two Aztec men have been arrested for be-heading a 2 yr-old dog, reported to be a Pit bull, with a chainsaw.

According to the article, the men resorted to using a chainsaw after the knife that they tried to use, failed to do the job. The men claim to have been trying to “put the dog down” because it had bitten a 9 yr-old child that was visiting the residence.

Teddy Sexton, 32, and Corey Bowen, 31, will face fourth-degree felony animal cruelty charges for their horrific actions. Apparently, Sexton, on felony probation for prior crimes, chose to use the knife and chainsaw because he could not obtain a gun.

Authorities were alerted to the hideous event by a Children, Youth and Families Department investigator that had been notified of several children suffering from nightmares after the unbelievable incident. Though not known for certain, it appears that the children in the home witnessed the gruesome act.

Sexton and Bowen are no strangers to law enforcement. According to, Bowen was charged with drunken driving in 2005, and Sexton’s criminal history includes false imprisonment, drug possession, and aggravated battery against a household member. I ask you if this dog was really so dangerous how is it these 2 men could get close enough to cut off it’s head? This dog suffered terribly and justice need to be served.

We ask for this heinous crime to be prosecuted as a felony and to the fullest extent of the law. Please don’t let this dogs death be in vain.

Thank you.


We the undersigned ask for the maximum sentence of 18 months in prison of Teddy Sexton and Corey Bowen in the decapitation of the Pit Bull. We all know this kind of abuse show’s very disturbed individuals. If they can do this to an animal what are they really capable of.

Thank you so much for you time and for reading this letter.

Domestic Violence


Cruelty Connections by Pet Abuse
According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse.

Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last 25 years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. The FBI has recognized the connection since the 1970s, when its analysis of the lives of serial killers suggested that most had killed or tortured animals as children. Other research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common forms of violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association considers animal cruelty one of the diagnostic criteria of conduct disorder.

If you break it down to its bare essentials:
“Abusing an animal is a way for a human to find power/joy/fulfillment through the torture of a victim they know cannot defend itself.”

Now break down a human crime, say rape. If we substitute a few pronouns, it’s the SAME THING.
“Rape is a way for a human to find power/joy/fulfillment through the torture of a victim they know cannot defend themselves.”

Now try it with, say, domestic abuse such as child abuse or spousal abuse:
“Child abuse is a way for a human to find power/joy/fulfillment through the torture of a victim they know cannot defend themselves.”

Do you see the pattern here?

The line separating an animal abuser from someone capable of committing human abuse is much finer than most people care to consider. People abuse animals for the same reasons they abuse people. Some of them will stop with animals, but enough have been proven to continue on to commit violent crimes to people that it’s worth paying attention to.

Virtually every serious violent offender has a history of animal abuse in their past, and since there’s no way to know which animal abuser is going to continue on to commit violent human crimes, they should ALL be taken that seriously. FBI Supervisory Special Agent Allen Brantley was quoted as saying “Animal cruelty… is not a harmless venting of emotion in a healthy individual; this is a warning sign…” It should be looked at as exactly that. Its a clear indicator of psychological issues that can and often DO lead to more violent human crimes.

Dr. Randall Lockwood, who has a doctorate in psychology and is senior vice president for anti-cruelty initiatives and training for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, states “A kid who is abusive to a pet is quite often acting out violence directly experienced or witnessed in the home,” Lockwood said, adding that about one-third of children who are exposed to family violence will act out this violence, often against their own pets.

Others either abuse pets or threaten to abuse them as a way to control an individual.

“So much of animal cruelty… is really about power or control,” Lockwood said. Often, aggression starts with a real or perceived injustice. The person feels powerless and develops a warped sense of self-respect. Eventually they feel strong only by being able to dominate a person or animal.

Sometimes, young children and those with developmental disabilities who harm animals don’t understand what they’re doing, Lockwood said. And animal hoarding – the practice of keeping dozens of animals in deplorable conditions – often is a symptom of a greater mental illness, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Just as in situations of other types of abuse, a victim of abuse often becomes a perpetrator. According to Lockwood, when women abuse animals, they “almost always have a history of victimization themselves. That’s where a lot of that rage comes from.”

In domestic violence situations, women are often afraid to leave the home out of fear the abuser will harm the family pet, which has lead to the creation of Animal Safehouse programs, which provide foster care for the pets of victims in domestic violence situations, empowering them to leave the abusive situation and get help.

Whether a teenager shoots a cat without provocation or an elderly woman is hoarding 200 cats in her home, “both are exhibiting mental health issues… but need very different kinds of attention,” Lockwood said.

Those who abuse animals for no obvious reason, Lockwood said, are “budding psychopaths.” They have no empathy and only see the world as what it’s going to do for them.

History is full of high-profile examples of this connection:

  • Patrick Sherrill, who killed 14 coworkers at a post office and then shot himself, had a history of stealing local pets and allowing his own dog to attack and mutilate them.
  • Earl Kenneth Shriner, who raped, stabbed, and mutilated a 7-year-old boy, had been widely known in his neighborhood as the man who put firecrackers in dogs? rectums and strung up cats.
  • Brenda Spencer, who opened fire at a San Diego school, killing two children and injuring nine others, had repeatedly abused cats and dogs, often by setting their tails on fire.
  • Albert DeSalvo, the “Boston Strangler” who killed 13 women, trapped dogs and cats in orange crates and shot arrows through the boxes in his youth.
  • Carroll Edward Cole, executed for five of the 35 murders of which he was accused, said his first act of violence as a child was to strangle a puppy.
  • In 1987, three Missouri high school students were charged with the beating death of a classmate. They had histories of repeated acts of animal mutilation starting several years earlier. One confessed that he had killed so many cats he?d lost count. Two brothers who murdered their parents had previously told classmates that they had decapitated a cat.
  • Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer had impaled dogs? heads, frogs, and cats on sticks.

More recently, high school killers such as 15-year-old Kip Kinkel in Springfield, Ore., and Luke Woodham, 16, in Pearl, Miss., tortured animals before embarking on shooting sprees. Columbine High School students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who shot and killed 12 classmates before turning their guns on themselves, bragged about mutilating animals to their friends.

As powerful a statement as the high-profile examples above make, they don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the whole truth behind the abuse connection. Learning more about the animal cruelty/interpersonal violence connection is vital for community members and law enforcement alike.

Related Links (Off-site links open in a new window)
The Whole Picture
Pet-Abuse.Com Cruelty Connection Cases
American Humane: The Link
NCPC: Screening Animal Cruelty Cases for Domestic Violence
Factors in the Assessment of Dangerousness in Perpetrators of Animal Cruelty
First Strike: The Connection Between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence
HSUS: Animal SafeHaven Directory
The Abuse of Animals and Domestic Violence
Battered Women’s Reports of Their Partners’ and Their Children’s Cruelty to Animals
Animal Welfare and Domestic Violence
The Latham Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education
Animal Abuse and Human Abuse: Partners in Crime
Bibliography of Materials about Animal Abuse, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence

Read more: Pet-Abuse.Com – Abuse Connection – The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence

Ascione’s Safe Haven for Pets

18 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2010 4:06 am

    It is horrific torture of an innocent pit bull!!


  2. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    September 26, 2010 5:49 am

    the cycle of cruelty must be stopped
    harshest of punishments levied on
    the two things that did this
    subhuman slop
    a long time in jail to contemplate
    what horrors are now forced
    on their plates


  3. Deb Dunn permalink
    September 26, 2010 11:46 am

    There are no words 😦


  4. Helen King permalink
    September 26, 2010 2:05 pm

    This is unbelieveable. Why didn’t they take the dog to the vet’s to be put to sleep if it was so dangerous? These morons should face life in prison for cruelty to animals and children, be banned from every keeping another animal and have their children taken into care. These kids will suffer the after effects of this incident for the rest of their lives.


  5. Marina permalink
    September 26, 2010 3:22 pm

    WELL SAID KAREN! “Sub human SLOP”
    There is only ever one reason why an animal is dangerous – HUMANS, PEOPLE, OWNERS!
    If the animal was dangerous, it was purely down to the owner!
    Why do innocent animals have to suffer day in, day out at the hands of NASTY humans?


  6. Kris permalink
    September 26, 2010 6:45 pm

    It’s not “the dog”…….
    It’s NEVER “the dog”…….
    It’s ALWAYS “the human”……..!
    After reading this horrific story, I cannot turn off this poor, innocent dog’s screams that I now hear in my head…………
    Jesus Christ, these dirt bag “humans” need to suffer the same fate as that poor, poor dog……
    I’ll bring the chainsaw!
    they obviously do not comprehend the concept of compassion, or empathy for the suffering they caused!
    They do not deserve to be on the same planet as ANY animal in the future………


  7. D.G. permalink
    September 26, 2010 7:07 pm

    We must fight for tougher laws so these psychos will think twice before committing such an act. Tougher penalties we need.


  8. Julia Jester permalink
    September 27, 2010 1:04 am

    I don’t believe a dog of anykind will bite a child or anyone else unless it feels threatened or is hurt in someway.What did this kid do to the dog to cause it to bite them? The dog was defending its self i’m sure.Some kids are pure brats and need their ass’s beat with a board.If parents would raise their kids to love pets and not abuse them there would be a lot less of these so called dog attacks.The poor dogs have to die all because they were defending themselves.This makes me freakin sick.The dog shouldn’t have been killed.These sicko’s need to rot in prison where they belong.!!!


  9. angie felangie permalink
    September 27, 2010 1:05 am

    so many do this they shoot the dog because they are TOO lazy to go buy the 40.00 shot to put the dog down…SAD…


  10. September 27, 2010 11:55 am

    OMG!! WTF??!! is wrong with our society??!! Why do we always to have to kill everything when there is a fucking problem??!! Both of these guys need to have their heads cut off – it is only right! Can you imagine what that poor soul went thru??!! There is no excuse!!!!!! I hope they rot and burn in hell!!!! ❤


  11. Bridgit permalink
    September 27, 2010 2:46 pm

    18 month in jail, a lot can happen in a year and a half too bad it can’t be the same time they would do if it was a human. I bet 1 if not both of these 2 would be a good little … for some jail house daddy


  12. Deb Conner permalink
    November 13, 2010 7:00 am

    The two psychos need to be killed straight away. Need I be any clearer on that?


  13. Stephanie permalink
    November 22, 2010 8:53 am

    Does anyone know what the outcome of the court case was, that’s if there has been an outcome, there should be 10 000 sigs on this petition……


  14. june bullied permalink
    March 8, 2011 4:25 pm

    cowards! lowlife scumbag cretins! how dare they do this. throw them in jail for life with a big bubba for a cellmate.


  15. July 27, 2013 9:19 pm

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is required to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100% positive.
    Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers


    • July 27, 2013 10:34 pm

      You can sign up to WordPress for free. The upgrades, such as no ads or more room, will cost money. But the setup and blog itself, is all free. It’s hard to instruct you on how to get a blog, but just start with WordPress to begin. That will be the first step. It’s pretty self-explanatory once you start. It will show you how to progress and process involved. First, sign up and then let me know if I can be of assistance.



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