Babineaux Cruelty Charges Dropped

There are 11 comments on the WXIA Atlanta story from Nov 7, 2007, titled Babineaux Cruelty Charges Dropped. In it, WXIA Atlanta reports that:

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Jonathan Babineaux expressed relief on Wednesday after he was cleared of a felony animal cruelty charge that could have sent the Atlanta Falcons' defensive tackle to prison.

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JMO

United States

#1 Nov 7, 2007
from the article -
"Pat McDonough, Babineaux's attorney, said he proved Babineaux acted only in self-defense against the aggressive dog that belonged to the player's girlfriend. McDonough said Babineaux was protecting himself and his 5-month-old child.

"This was a clear case of self-defense," McDonough said. "The dog had a history of violence.... Jonathan and his family did everything in their power to make this dog part of their family."

McDonough said the dog had been neutered, placed on Prozac, sent to a dog trainer and kept on a leash."

It sounds like the decision to drop the charges was the right thing to do. If what the attorney said about the dog is true, they gave the dog more of a chance than I would have!

Since: Sep 07

Atlanta, GA

#2 Nov 7, 2007
I saw a story about this on the news just a few minutes ago, and it really does sound like his self defense argument is right on track. I'm glad the charges were dropped and he can move forward with his life.

Since: Jul 07

Atlanta (Peachtree City)

#3 Nov 7, 2007
Seems to me that when your talking about injury to a single pit bull that you need to give the human just a tad bit more benefit of the doubt.

There is not enough evidence to exclude every reasonable hypothesis other than the guilt of the accused," Porter said in a statement.

With that statement by the DA how in the world did he ever get an indictment in the first place?

Perhaps this investigation could of been done before the arrest and embarrassments.
dogs best friend

Roswell, GA

#5 Nov 7, 2007
Pit bulls + kids, babies = disaster.
kara39

Newnan, GA

#6 Nov 7, 2007
One tends to wonder how such a young dog became so aggressive, if indeed, he was. Training, environment? Another testosterone-filled athlete wanting a macho dog? Babineaux needs to stick with goldfish if he can't raise a dog.
JMO

United States

#8 Nov 8, 2007
kara39 wrote:
One tends to wonder how such a young dog became so aggressive, if indeed, he was. Training, environment? Another testosterone-filled athlete wanting a macho dog? Babineaux needs to stick with goldfish if he can't raise a dog.
It wasn't his dog.
Angry White Man

Atlanta, GA

#9 Nov 8, 2007
Pit Bulls + anything equals disaster. Anyone who says otherwise is simply foolish.

“Michelle”

Since: Oct 07

Tucker, GA

#10 Nov 8, 2007
Why didn't he have the dog put down? I understand wanting to give the animal a chance, but with a history of attacks, prozac, training, etc... at some point you realize it's a lost cause. He could have saved himself this whole ordeal by putting the animal down humanely. The animal obviously was unstable, and suffering.
Amy

United States

#11 Nov 8, 2007
MStar213 wrote:
Why didn't he have the dog put down? I understand wanting to give the animal a chance, but with a history of attacks, prozac, training, etc... at some point you realize it's a lost cause. He could have saved himself this whole ordeal by putting the animal down humanely. The animal obviously was unstable, and suffering.
What part of "not his dog" didn't you understand?

“Michelle”

Since: Oct 07

Tucker, GA

#12 Nov 9, 2007
Amy wrote:
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What part of "not his dog" didn't you understand?
The article states the dog belonged to his girlfriend, and what part of "JONATHAN and his family did everything in their power to make this dog part of their family" do YOU not understand? He clearly had a lot of interaction with the animal, and even if not his responsibility, he could have encouraged the girlfriend to put the dog down. After all, there was a baby involved for goodness sake. Having a violent and dangerous animal around an infant is just irrisponsible.

Since: Sep 07

Atlanta, GA

#13 Nov 9, 2007
MStar213 wrote:
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The article states the dog belonged to his girlfriend, and what part of "JONATHAN and his family did everything in their power to make this dog part of their family" do YOU not understand? He clearly had a lot of interaction with the animal, and even if not his responsibility, he could have encouraged the girlfriend to put the dog down. After all, there was a baby involved for goodness sake. Having a violent and dangerous animal around an infant is just irrisponsible.
I agree with what you're saying, but he couldn't force his girlfriend to put her dog down. He could encourage her to do that (and maybe he did...we don't know), but it wasn't his dog.

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