Instagram Model Not Convicted of Animal Cruelty, Despite Evidence

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April 1, 2019US News
Instagram Model Not Convicted of Animal Cruelty, Despite Evidence
Keevanna Wilson in a mugshot and CCTV camera footage of Wilson abusing her dog. (Aventura Police Department)

A security camera captured an Instagram model abusing her dog in an elevator, resulting in a fine and probation, but she wasn’t convicted of animal cruelty.

On March 27, Keevonna Wilson agreed to a plea deal involving a $600 fine, four years probation, and a written letter to the court on the subject of animal abuse.

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In addition, the Flawless World model must cover the veterinarian’s cost of care ($2,795), do 200 hours of community service as punishment, and have her mental health evaluated if necessary, Local 10 reported.

The prosecution team originally wanted Wilson to serve six months in jail before she accepted the plea deal.

A CCTV camera captured Wilson repeatedly kicking and stomping on her Shih Tzu-Yorkie mix, Chastity, while in an elevator located in Aventura, Florida.

Robert Resnick, Wilson’s attorney, said she was “devastated” by the incident and “worked very hard to make this right.” According to Resnick, Wilson paid more than $2,700 to cover the cost of the investigation on her, Miami Herald reported.

Wilson abused the dog when she got angry after the dog peed in the elevator.

Although Wilson was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty, she didn’t specifically get convicted on that charge.

Miami-Dade Animal Services found Chasity in Wilson’s apartment covered in bruises around the stomach.

Chasity was taken from the 26-year-old and put up for adoption.

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Inside The Elevator

After the incident, Aventura police received the tape from security guards and then wrote a report on what they saw.

“The dog appears to be scared when Wilson is apparently scolding it,” a police detective wrote. “It appears that the dog may have defecated or urinated in the elevator,” The Smoking Gun reported.

“Wilson is then seen moving the dog from one side of the elevator to the other with her foot in a forceful manner. The dog attempts to evade her by moving around in the closed elevator,” the detective added. The pair exited the elevator but walked back inside, which is when the beating began.

“You can see that Wilson is mad and chasing the dog into the elevator,” the detective wrote. “Once inside, Chasity runs and cowers in the corner looking at Wilson as Wilson holds on to the walls of the elevator for leverage and repeatedly kicks the dog over and over again with full force into Chasity’s body.”

Warning, viewers may find the following footage disturbing:

Association Between Animal Cruelty and Other Crimes

A 2012 report by the Animal Welfare Institute states that the “empirical evidence is demonstrating a strong association between animal cruelty and other crimes.”

Those other crimes include interpersonal violence, illegal possession of drugs and guns, and property destruction.

“Moreover, participation in animal cruelty in childhood is a significant marker for the development of aggressive and anti-social behavior, as well as a predictor of individuals who might engage in domestic violence.”

Nearly every state has passed laws making animal cruelty a felony in some or all cases, the researchers said, marking “a dramatic change” in how the crimes are viewed and prosecuted.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, hoarding behavior can hurt animals, with women as the main culprits. Animal abusers, meanwhile, are most often men.

“Hoarding behavior often victimizes animals. Sufferers of a hoarding disorder may impose severe neglect on animals by housing far more than they are able to adequately take care of. Serious animal neglect (such as hoarding) is often an indicator of people in need of social or mental health services,” the group stated.

“Surveys suggest that those who intentionally abuse animals are predominantly men under 30, while those involved in animal hoarding are more likely to be women over 60.”

NTD News reporter Zachary Steiber contributed to this article

Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber

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