Dog Abuse

Justice Served! Mayble the Dog’s Abuser Ordered Jail Time, $20,000 Fines

In a vast majority of animal cruelty cases we read, the abuser is sentenced to little more than a proverbial slap on the wrist for their crimes. This time, at least, justice may have finally been served for Mayble the Chihuahua.

A California man was sentenced to jail time, felony probation, and restitution totaling more than $20,000 for his part in abusing his roommate’s Chihuahua puppy.


Spencer Whitewood, 21, of Ventura County, California was convicted last March of felony animal cruelty after kicking and severely injuring his roommate’s 8-month old Chihuahua before dumping the animal alongside an Ojai roadway to die.

The dog’s owner had provided Whitewood with a place to live when he fell on hard times. After Mayble was found abandoned roadside, her owner contacted Ventura County Police to inform them of suspicions about Whitewood. She reported to police that Mayble had suffered unexplained injuries when left alone with Whitewood in the past.

Whitewood admitted to kicking Mayble in the face after, he said, she tried to bite him, then abandoning the dog in an attempt to coverup the abuse. He told Mayble’s owner that the dog had run away.

Mayble was treated for injuries that included brain trauma and permanent damage to her eye, ultimately resulting in it being removed.

Thursday, Whitewood was sentenced to 180 days in jail followed by 3 years of felony probation and restitution payments to the dog’s owner in the amount of $22,461. In addition, he is prohibited from ever owning an animal in the future.

Most cases of abuse result in little to no jail time and typically only include misdemeanor charges. Do you think the punishment fits the crime in this case? Weigh in with a comment below!



  1. Kal

    Aug 18, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    FINALLY! justice for one… but this needs to be enforced on EVERY animal abuser. EVERY single time no breaks or getting slaps on wrist JAIL AND $

  2. Mary Kahn-Tuchmann

    Aug 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    It absolutely fits the crime. Too bad it wasn't longer.

  3. Jane

    Aug 18, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I think he should have more time in jail. I would hope he's never to own another dog for the rest of his life. The whole thing makes me sick poor Mayble good luck and I hope you heal in speedy time.

  4. Cathy

    Aug 18, 2017 at 11:41 am

    He's not an idiot. He's a sociopath! A tough sentence, yes, but he needs treatment! He will go on to abuse other animals, and likely children and/or adults too. It shouldn't stop at the sentence for his crime!

    • philip crawley

      Aug 18, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      He'll get plenty of treatment in the showers.

  5. Angie Hamilton

    Aug 18, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I feel this scumbag deserves quite a bit more jail time but I'm grateful the judge did hand down punishment. If more judges would follow suit maybe harsher laws can be enforced along with harsher sentences. The judge did right, thank you

  6. Brett

    Aug 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    It's heartbreaking and infuriating, but even logic points to the fact that people who abuse animals branch out, as it were, to higher levels of violence. Wish all animal abuse sentencing guidelines were much tougher just for harming innocent creatures. Thanks for having this forum.

  7. Anita

    Aug 11, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Yes it fits the crime more idiots need to be punished!!

  8. Shana Hendrickson

    Aug 11, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Too bad it wasn't longer, at least he won't be able to harm another dog without more serious repercussions

  9. Sarah

    Aug 11, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    It is about damn time

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