By Sloane Quealy-Miner
8/28/14 Guilty Verdict! EMAILS TO JUDGE NEEDED NOW TO HAND DOWN HARSHEST SENTENCE
SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT! Contact Information for Judge and both brothers below!
The trial of Two brothers (Benjamin Conley, 34, and Nicholas Conley, 31), both of Lansing, Michigan began Monday in Ingham County Circuit Court before Judge William Collette
The brother’ are on trial for the brutal, horrific torture of their mother’s pit bull. They face felony charges of animal torture and conspiracy to commit animal torture. Each faces up to four years in prison.
Witnesses have described seeing the dog hanging by a chain off the roof of the house, with Nicholas Conley holding the chain. The dog was suspended for several minutes, fighting to stay alive. A witness testified at preliminary hearing last year that Nicholas Conley stabbed the dog inside a crate.
On September 6th an Animal Control deputy was called to the house, which is located in the 1700 block of Illinois Avenue, by the brothers’ own mother who owned the dog. Upon arriving the deputy found the butchered, abused dog still alive. The dog was heaving while lying in a freshly dug hole. The dog had been stabbed multiple times and had a chain around their neck. The chain was attached to a cinder block to keep the dog’s head from being able to move. The dog was later euthanized.
The brothers’ mother has stated “There was no just cause or excuse for their actions”. The brothers are claiming self-defense. “In this case the victim doesn’t have a voice, so we have to be the voice for that victim,” said Deputy Kyle Hanney, who works for the Ingham County Animal Control.
Not surprisingly, this isn’t the first offense done by the Conleys. Nick was previously convicted of one felony and Ben has two prior felonies. Ben said he is “currently waiting on disability”.
To the left is a picture taken from Nicholas Conley’s Facebook Page and titled “My Shit”.
While I cannot confirm if this is in fact the poor dog who was brutally tortured and murdered it just might be.
URGENT CALL TO ACTION!
Please contact the judge and urge him to do right by this dog and punish the deadly duo to the fullest extent of the law.
It is imperative that a message is sent to the community that heinous acts of cruelty towards animals will not be overlooked.
CONTACT Judge William Collette
Phone: (517) 676-7223
Mail Judge – Veterans Memorial Courthouse,
313 W. Kalamazoo Street P.O. Box 40771 Lansing, MI 48901-7971
CONTACT NICK CONLEY HERE ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE
CONTACT BEN CONLEY HERE ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE