Strong Reaction To Animal Cruelty Case

How could anyone do such a thing? That's the general reaction to the animal abuse case we've been reporting on out of Wayne County.

How could anyone do such a thing?  That's the general reaction to the animal abuse case we've been reporting on out of Wayne County.

Wayne County authorities charged 28 year-old Lawton McKenzie of Fremont with three counts of animal cruelty. 

The charges come after Wayne County Animal Control officers say they found dismembered animals and what appeared to be a decapitated puppy's head in a zip-lock bag, a decapitated dog with its front paws cut off and a goat's head on a grill.  Authorities also removed 26 living animals from the home.

Authorities on the scene say what they saw was revolting...something they will never forget.  We can attest to that.   Some of the video was so disturbing that we couldn't show it.

While many people say they're shocked, horrified and disturbed by what McKenzie is accused of, others are wondering what happens next.  Some wonder if lawmen caught an individual capable of committing even more serious crimes in the years ahead.

To be clear...McKenzie is innocent until proven guilty.  But many wonder if he is found guilty,  what kind of justice would be carried out?  Would he face just probation, jail time, fines? 

If this case is ultimately proven to be as lawmen say it is... what is the correct punishment within our legal system to see that it doesn't happen again and to ensure justice is served? 

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  • by TAMMY Fenoff Location: chocowinity on Sep 29, 2009 at 02:59 PM
    di would loove for her to call me i will help her meet those standards those r her children i dont know this lady but was involved and still am certified E A R S i want to help her pleasese have her call i have friends who can an myself foster them til she gets up to par and have her take no more tammy fenoff 252 946-4452 i have 3 volunteers to help we all need to she is trying ti help them gesh vets should offer a spade discount and we all should care the lady RAISED SOMEONE ELSES CHILD but cant qualify for an animal i can i have 3 and all shots and mcmillian Dr takes care of them i have 2 1/2 acres i will help her help herself . Please have her call tammy cell is 252-571-9900 home is 252-946-4452 try to offer a helping hand and do all you can this could cost this lady her life if i have to i will adopt them and she can have them here i will passs ty witn love you guys lady that complained offer help first then try til you suceed car washes i am disabled and
  • by anonymous on Jan 19, 2009 at 04:33 PM
    It is one thing to accidentally hit an animal in the road and quite another to cut the head AND paws off of domesticated animals. These animals put their trust in their owners and for this man, if he is found guilty, to have taken advantage of that trust, is just inhumane and awful. If he is found guilty, I hope he gets the punishment he deserves.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2009 at 11:55 PM
    There are cultures that practice canabolism as well. Are they ok because that is in their culture? Just a thought.
  • by terri Location: tarboro on Jan 16, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    duhhhh, road kill! I am glad he was picking it up! go after the dummies killing the animals on the road!! plenty of cruel people hit the animals on purpose! and then the animals don't die on impact, you know they don't!! and yall got the gall to blame him for taking up a trade!! talk about sick!!!!!
  • by lady a Location: tarboro on Jan 16, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    You should not make comments about people being sick until you know all the facts. The man is from Jamaica and it is a part of his culture to eat goat and chicken. If what he says is true about picking up road kill to study, then good at least I don't have to look at it beside the road. Now that is what makes me sick! Don't talk about someone elses culture when you eat eggs and chicken. How do you thing they are killed and cleaned.
  • by Willi Location: Greene County on Jan 13, 2009 at 06:46 AM
    I can not get the picture out of my mind of the poor dog that was in the front section of Sunday's Reflector. It is horrific what was done to this dog. I would ask that the newspaper save such pictures for the judge or jury and not for the general public. These unhuman people who use the dogs to fight deserve the same treatment as their punishment.
  • by No More Location: Nebraska on Jan 8, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    Animal Cruelty is all so very sick and hard to watch all the time, so what sick minded person will harm animals in such a way? I am reading this and I want to puke. If he is found guilty, he is a sick minded criminal. May heaven give what he deserves one day.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jan 8, 2009 at 03:45 AM
    I work in the prisons, and in my opinion there is no such thing as rehabilitation. We see the same old faces revolving in and out of our system. McKenzie obviously has mental health issues and because of that I believe that once all the media coverage of this story lulls he will be sentenced to some form of mental health therapy and probation. At best he'll pull less than a year in jail. He may be sentenced to more, but that doesn't mean he'll serve anywhere close to what he was sentenced to. I believe that no matter what he is sentenced too nor how much therapy he attends he will always have these tendencies. In my opinion as long as he lives he is a threat to those around him.
  • by animal lover Location: greenville on Jan 7, 2009 at 08:26 AM
    generally feel a glimmer of hope for most but not this guy..... not enough rehab. out there for him.. and please dont tell us what a bad childhood he had.
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