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In August 2017, police in Polk County, Georgia received a tip that dogs were being abused and neglected in the woods. Upon investigating this tip, police found that the rumor was true, and it was worse than they could have imagined: They discovered around 100 dogs who had been abused and abandoned, many of whom were literally starving to death. Police connected a man named Devechio Rowland with the unimaginable mistreatment of these poor creatures and promptly arrested him.


Now, almost a year later, Rowland has been convicted on 214 counts, half of which are for dog fighting and the rest of which are misdemeanors for animal cruelty. Subsequently, Rowland was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 35 years on probation for his crimes. While this may seem like a fair punishment, it’s important to note that when he was sentenced, several of the original charges were not taken into account and several were sentenced to be served at the same time.

Reportedly, around 30 animal advocates were waiting outside of the courtroom during the sentencing. When they heard the news that the court had thrown out many of the charges during sentencing, they were shocked and upset. One man, who is currently rehabilitating one of the dogs who suffered horrific abuse on Rowland’s property, reportedly called it a “slap on the wrist” and an “insult” to his recovering dog.

Furthermore, many animal activists and community members were understandably disappointed that none of the animal cruelty charges against Rowland were increased to felonies. According to Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd, “We wanted felony, but according to the statute, it has to be aggravated, which means he has to break their bones or damage them, so it doesn’t meet the threshold of a felony.”

Following legal precedent from another Georgia animal cruelty case, the district attorney originally wanted Rowland to be given a 50-year sentence with 20 to serve in jail. Shockingly, Rowland responded by saying that a dog’s life is not equal to a human life and that such a sentence was inappropriate for his crimes. He even went so far as to suggest that he should only have to serve a year in jail with credit for the five months he had already served.

In response to this, a volunteer who is helping the abused dogs reportedly said, “You know, dogs are not property, dogs are family. For anyone that thinks otherwise, you shouldn’t own an animal.”

We absolutely agree with this. If you do, too, please share this story with your network to help raise awareness about the horrors of animal cruelty and consider donating to Pit Sisters, the organization which rescued many of the innocent dogs who were abused by Rowland.

Image Source: Pit Sisters/Facebook & The Patrick Miracle/Facebook

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0 comments on “Man Convicted of 214 Counts of Dog Fighting and Animal Cruelty Was Sentenced to 50 Years – But Is That Enough?”

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Elsje Parsons Massyn
4 Months Ago

Devechio Rowland is NOT a human he is a demonized oxygen stealing piece of shit. He doesnt deserve to be called an earthling. He may think his humanist position gives him hierarchy but he has just been demoted to being the son of the devil himself.
Because only the devil\'s children can think of such cruelty against animals and those who are weaker than themselves.
What this Rowland is doing to animals he is capable of doing to his wife, children and other humans.
He is a danger to society and should be locked away and the key to his jail cell thrown away.

Richard Fisk
4 Months Ago

What needs to happen in the U.S. legal system is that the basis for punishments for crimes needs to be the crime, not the victim. That should be the starting point. A crime of cruelty or neglect should be treated as such, regardless of whether it is an animal or human, because it is the action or behavior being punished. An act of cruelty or violence is not less so, because of the victim. Having said that, degrees of the punishment can then match the degree of harm inflicted. Obviously, a single punishment can not reasonably apply to all crimes. While both constitute neglect, the punishment for neglecting an animal by starving it, can\'t be the same as chaining a child in a basement and starving it. But the starting point for punishment should be very severe for both. Hence, punish the act firstly.

4 Months Ago

There is another issue of dogs w/Appling County GA. I guess GA thinks it\'s OK to abuse dogs. They probably use cats to bait. Do to this person and anyone who watching the same thing they do to these INNOCENT dogs. And that is even to good for them. Remember God deals with us in the same way we deal with those that "CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES".

Jimmie Hall
4 Months Ago

I will pay $500 us dollars for this mans head.

4 Months Ago

NO! It definitely was NOT enough! He should be given the same "treatment" as he gave his animals - tie him up out in the woods and let him starve!

John Pasqua
4 Months Ago



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