No Jail Time for Man Who Violently Beat and Killed Layla the Beagle?




On December 10, 2017, an 8-year-old beagle named Layla just wanted to lounge in the grass for a while. That’s totally normal behavior for a dog, right? Apparently, Richard Schunke of Norfolk, Virginia, didn’t think so. According to news reports, Schunke became frustrated that Layla wasn’t following his commands to use the bathroom outside and that she had an accident in the house. He then reportedly beat her so severely that her spleen was torn, her kidney was bruised, and part of her liver was nearly ripped in two. Layla died of her injuries, and Schunke was subsequently charged with felony cruelty to animals.


In a shocking turn of events, the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney has reportedly struck a preposterous plea deal with Schunke: If he takes proof that he’s completed anger-management counseling to court by March 2020 and manages to stay out of trouble until that time, prosecutors will allow him to plead guilty to misdemeanor cruelty to animals and won’t seek any jail time!

Please take a moment to send a polite note to Commonwealth’s Attorney Gregory Underwood and let him know how deeply disappointed you are by his office’s handling of this case and urge him to ensure that cruelty-to-animals cases be taken seriously and appropriately penalized in the future, including with bars on the possession of animals.

Please let him know that you expect his office to hold Schunke fully accountable and to impose a bar on his possession or custody of animals in the event that he doesn’t comply with all the terms of this meager plea agreement. Let Mr. Underwood know that this plea deal depreciates the spirit of Virginia’s anti-cruelty law, which clearly states that fatally torturing or beating a dog is a felony offense punishable by imprisonment, and remind him that the public entrusts prosecutors with public safety and that allowing a violent offender off with a slap on the wrist puts the entire community at risk.
Please send polite comments to Mr. Underwood at the below postal or e-mail address, then forward this alert to everyone you know!
The Honorable Gregory D. Underwood
Commonwealth’s Attorney
Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney
800 E. City Hall Ave., #600
Norfolk, VA 23510
Gregory.Underwood@norfolk.gov

No Jail Time for Man Who Violently Beat and Killed Layla the Beagle? No Jail Time for Man Who Violently Beat and Killed Layla the Beagle? Reviewed by DogRedLine on March 27, 2019 Rating: 5

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