White Co. man gets probation for animal cruelty

A disturbing video of animal cruelty has people in White County demanding more out of the justice system.

Posted: May 13, 2019 6:40 PM
Updated: May 13, 2019 7:46 PM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — While a neighbor secretly recorded him, Roger Wilson Jr. threw his dog to the ground, kicked the pet, and then slammed the animal down again.

"Why would anyone want to watch anything like that?" said Brandy Wells. She didn't watch the video of the crime because she doesn't like seeing that kind of behavior. 

"Makes me want to cry," said Loretta Kesler, she did watch it. "I hope he never has a dog or an animal again."

The video is being shared on social media, not because people enjoy watching it, but because they want to bring awareness to the fact Wilson got one year probation for his actions. White County Superior Court Judge Robert Mrzlack made the call. Though Wilson isn't allowed to have dogs during the year of probation, some people think he should have gotten a harsher sentence.

"It's cold hearted," said Kesler. "It's like a baby. How can people do that? I just don't understand."

Wilson's neighbors  brought this story to News 18. They were either not at home Monday or too afraid Wilson would retaliate against them if they went on camera with us but they did say they are very upset he is not in jail.

Wilson's animal cruelty conviction allowed a maximum of one year in jail. White County Prosecutors asked for some jail time but Judge Robert Mrzlack ended up ordering probation.

Kesler wonders if that will be enough.

"I just hope it never happens again," said Kesler. 

News 18's Kayla Sullivan called the White County Probation Department to find out if Wilson's dogs were removed from the home.

The probation officer said the sentencing order is so new no one has been to Wilson's house to check yet.

Wilson was sentenced on Wednesday, so he's had about five days to re-home his dogs.

The probation department told Sullivan they will be doing a random visit to make sure he is following this term of probation.

Neighbors said they're on high alert, ready to call police if they see anything else from Wilson.

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