Former Razorback Gets Probation In Dog’s Death

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A former Razorback football player has pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty after police said he abandoned two of his dogs, resulting in the death of one of them.

Jarrett Lake, 22, reached a plea deal with prosecutors where he pleaded guilty to the animal cruelty charge in exchange for probation, according to court documents.

Lake was sentenced to six years probation and was also ordered to receive psychiatric counseling from the Ozark Guidance Center. Lake must undergo the counseling by Aug. 1, court documents state.

The plea deal came after the suspect pleaded not guilty to a felony animal cruelty charge April 16. He was given a June 18 court date, which was waived after Lake then later pleaded guilty, according to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Lake was arrested in April after officers said they found his dogs abandoned at his old home. One of the dogs died.

Fayetteville Animal Control Officer Lawrence Kimble said he responded to Lake’s rented home on Jeremiah Place on Dec. 29 in reference to an abandoned animal call. Feces covered the floor, and the officer said he found a dead pit bull lying beside a baby stroller in the garage.

Animal Control determined Lake had moved out at least six days earlier.

Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department also found a pit bull inside that was “severely malnourished,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The dog received medical care from the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.

An examination of the dead pit bull revealed no food in the stomach, but rather a small piece of black plastic. The dog’s vertebrae, ribs and pelvic bones were visible through the skin, the affidavit states.

Police tried to contact Lake after finding the dogs, but he was out-of-state at a football camp, Lake’s aunt told officers. Lake called the officers back and told them the dogs were his responsibility, but he would surrender the animals to a shelter.

Based on the investigation, a warrant was then issued for Lake’s arrest, the affidavit states.

Lake played on the team from 2010 to 2013. Lake recorded 77 tackles in 2013 as a senior, tied for second most for the Razorbacks.

7 comments

    • Arkajun

      Must be a “culture” thing. And as long as the court awards slaps on the wrist, more innocent animals will die. “Counciling” for a grown man, ex-football player? Rather see him cleaning kennels at the animal shelter for a couple of years. That’s therapy!

  • CYNTHIA PHILLIPS

    James Vick got to go back to his pro team after killing his fighting pit bulls with his own hands. The law needs to stop treating these atrocious acts of extreme cruelty as nothing and instead sentence these psychopaths to many years in prison without the possibility of parole!!!!

    • Sean

      His name was Michael Vick and he served more than a year in prison.

      His behavior since release has been beyond exemplary, proving his second chance was well deserved.

      • Danielle

        Michael Vick served jail time for bank rolling a dog fighting operation, not animal cruelty (get your facts correct). A year in jail is PATHETIC for the horrible abuse he made countless animals suffer! Michael Vick has openly stated that he would still be committing those unthinkable crimes if he was never caught. Michael VIck is a POS that disgustingly and repeatedly abused countless dogs. He deserves the same done to him!

  • Danielle

    The name of the prosecutor who accepted the deal is Matt Durrett (mdurrett@co.washington.ar.us). I know it doesn’t change anything, but I sent him an email expressing my disgust for accepting a plea deal with this piece of garbage.

  • Sarah 1

    A slap on the proverbial wrist means nothing. What did the culprit learn? He learned absolutely nothing and that is why we have so many cases of recidivism.

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