Man Suspected Of Mutilating, Killing 29 Dogs Appears In Court - News Story - WTOV SteubenvilleHerron placed an ad for the free puppies in the classifieds and said Nally's girlfriend called to inquire.
"She called so much, I had her number saved in my phone as 'puppies'," she said.
Herron said the young woman didn't act unusual or scared when she dropped off the dogs, and Nally never said a word.
According to W.Va law each count of torture can carry a sentence of 1 to 5 years plus $1000 to $5000 penalty. Interestingly it doesn't seem to be an either/or penalty but rather the convicted person serves both time and pays penalties.Police allege that Nally held the woman, 19, captive and often mutilated and killed the animals in front of her.
Before attending his court appearance Friday, members of Nally's family described a very different relationship between the two.
"She was calling him 'babe'," said Nally's cousin, Donna Reed. Reed added that the girl was "all smiles" during a recent encounter. Reed and other members of Nally's family said they witnessed several opportunities for the woman to leave.
"She also asked me when I was taking her shopping to get her bridal gown," said Nally's grandmother Margaret Haught. Haught also stated that she believed the woman to be a willing participant, if the allegations against Nally are true.
"It wasn't one sided," Haught said. "She was right there with him."
Police say that the woman was forced to participate in the mutilation of the animals and that Nally derived pleasure from observing her discomfort. She was also forced to clean up the remains, according to officials.
(b) A person who intentionally tortures, or mutilates or maliciously kills an animal, or causes, procures or authorizes any other person to torture, mutilate or maliciously kill an animal, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in a correctional facility not less than one nor more than five years and be fined not less than one thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars. For the purposes of this subsection, "torture" means an action taken for the primary purpose of inflicting pain.