Savage man allegedly killed his golden retriever with sledgehammer in front of children [MUGSHOT]

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Rudolph Poppe
Rudolph Poppe's golden retriever was old, could barely walk, and had defecated on his floor, so it's understandable that he decided to put the dog down. But the unfathomably brutal method he chose for that has him facing multiple felony charges.

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Poppe, a 71-year-old Savage resident, allegedly beat his dog to death with a sledgehammer outside his garage, in plain view of horrified onlookers.

From the Savage Pacer:
According to the criminal complaint, at approximately 7:16 p.m. on July 12, police were called to a home in the 13400 block of Alabama Avenue for a report of a man beating a dog with a sledgehammer. When officers arrived, they observed neighbors - including children - screaming, crying and pointing to Poppe's address.

The officers approached Poppe's house and saw a golden retriever lying near the threshold of the garage with a white plastic bag over its head. The dog's chest was still moving as it was trying to breathe. After observing blood on the dog and on Poppe's shirt, officers informed Poppe that he was under arrest.

Poppe allegedly resisted as officers tried to handcuff him and refused to follow their commands. Officers eventually took Poppe to the ground and were forced to use two sets of handcuffs as they could only get one set on at a time. Poppe allegedly continued resisting all the way to the squad car.

After removing the plastic bag from the dog's head, officers observed the gruesome injuries the dog had sustained. The dog was still alive, and animal control was called to transport the dog to an emergency veterinarian. The dog was eventually euthanized at 8:40 p.m.
Police say a neighbor, seeing Poppe toting a larger hammer near his dog before the brutality began, pleaded with him "not to do it this way" and volunteered to take the dog to the vet to have it put down. But when it became clear Poppe wasn't going to listen, the neighbor called 911.

According to the Valley News report, Poppe wouldn't respond when police asked him why he didn't bring the dog to the vet. He's been charged with felony animal cruelty, felony animal torture, obstructing the legal process, and disorderly conduct.

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61 comments
lenti
lenti

59 comments on this, and only 9 comments on the 79-year-old woman who was stabbed and strangled in her home by a 16-year-old sociopath and his accomplice. 

Will melspetpals be starting a Justice4Lila page? Any of you going to hear over there and be outraged? 

This is an awful story and this guy should lose his freedom for such a horrible act, but it seems to me that kids and dogs get the outrage and the older people who persevered and worked hard all their lives and are living lives of quiet dignity get an "eh, that's too bad". 

We sure have a lot more enthusiasm for fixing blame than we do for fixing problems, eh?

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I understand the vengeful sentiments.  But who would actually shoot him, or beat him with a sledgehammer?  Somebody much worse than than he himself.  I know it's fun to vent, and maybe productive emotionally, but kind of meaningless when what we're trying to express is our disgust at this man's heedless cruelty.

Adam Longfield
Adam Longfield

Hit him with a sledgehammer a few times, "Misery" style. See how he likes it. Crazy, stupid, fuck!

Suzanne Zaayer
Suzanne Zaayer

Sick bastard. He should be shot. Actually, beat to death.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

He does seem like a savage man.  His behavior is so disgusting that I'd like to think that everybody can act better than him, toward animals and humans.  Though he doesn't deserve our mercy, we deserve to be better than him and not soil ourselves by stooping to his level.  Even expressions of wishful thinking lower us.

But let's not forget that until pretty recently, this was a common attitude toward animals.  I remember, growing up in farm country, plenty of incidents like this with dogs, or more commonly still, cats.  In fact, we've adopted two kittens in the past week because somebody in our neighborhood put them outside at about 8 weeks and left for a long weekend.  They denied it when I asked them when they got back, and I can't prove anything.  But they had kittens the exact age as these two, they gave away a couple; then they went out of town and within an hour of their leaving two kittens way too young to take care of themselves showed up at my back door two doors down.

Those who say we're going to hell in a handbasket are wrong for a lot of reasons.  One of them is that we get so upset by this kind of cruelty to animals, which used to be considered funny by a lot of people not too long ago, or at least nobody's business.  Things are getting better.

Ben Bakunin
Ben Bakunin

How disgusting. I wonder how high his levels of manganese are?

Deborah Kirpach
Deborah Kirpach

This man not only committed a criminal and violent act against a loving loyal pet... his actions were a violent act against his neighbors, possibly scarring these poor children for life. Thank you to those neighbors who tried to stop him and were forced to give witness to this despicable mans morally bankrupt act.

Chris Peden
Chris Peden

They should knock the rest of his teeth out with a hammer! Dip Shit!!!!

Kelly Tomek
Kelly Tomek

What a monster! That's how he should die.

Mary Coxworth
Mary Coxworth

OMG get my hammer & leave him with me all I can say is OMG his kids will have to relive what they saw the rest of their lives

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

He will get the sledgehammer behind bars up his cell.

Sarah LaVoie
Sarah LaVoie

I am sickened. Beween tears and vomit i would have subdues the man then called 911.

yoopie93
yoopie93

It can't be said enough times--this piece of human excrement doesn't deserve the life he's been given.  I hope his prison wife shanks him in the most painful way possible.

Jason Ehlers
Jason Ehlers

What could lead a person to want to beat a dog with a sledgehammer? Maybe you have some insight since you want to see a human beat with a sledgehammer

Courtney Hannon
Courtney Hannon

I hate this fucking piece of shit. I hope he gets the living fuck beat out of him in prison.

Julie Parent
Julie Parent

What they hell is wrong with people these days!!!

Noel Barrick
Noel Barrick

A gun, out in the woods would have been more appropriate. Poor kids.

Jeanne Griffin
Jeanne Griffin

I hope someone puts him down in the same manner when his time comes. Dick.

Laura Gee
Laura Gee

Humans are by far the cruelest species in our world. What a terrifying, painful way for a gentle, loyal creature to leave this world.

Andrea Honkola
Andrea Honkola

I think that when he's old and can't walk, he should be taken care of the same way!!!

Sue Terveer
Sue Terveer

This story makes me sick...after a lifetime of faithfully loving this piece of crap human being, he gets a sledgehammer...eye for an eye sounds fair Candyce

Jane Wanczycki
Jane Wanczycki

Ugh. how horrible. In front of children? Just sick. I hope they take away his right to ever own a pet again and then some!

Erika J. Dani
Erika J. Dani

people like him deserve no mercy. i hope someone kills him in prison

yoopie93
yoopie93

@swmnguy  Oh please.  Take your self-important indignation to another site where someone might actually care.  The only disgust I'm expressing at the moment is at you.  Wanting to see this worthless piece of shit get the violent retribution he deserves doesn't make me or anyone else commenting here any less of a civilized person than you.  If you're such a rational pacifist that you could stand pat while someone brutalized a suffering pet in front of children, then good for you.  I have more respect for the person who would step in and beat this asshole within an inch of his life.

blacksheep
blacksheep

@swmnguy I would shoot him , no  problem! If he touched by puppy-baby, I would shoot him and gladly pay the price!

kjcoreo
kjcoreo

@swmnguy I have NEVER in my 50 yrs, seen such cruelty to an animal -not even on a farm. I have NEVER thought it was funny,,, I've made it my passion to be in someones business when they abuse a animal.  I started a rescue for dogs, Rescue people are a group all on our own, and we will always be the voice for the animal, I sat in the court room with this man and had nothing but rage for him. I sat there for the dogs rights, and I'd do it all over again.  Thank you for taking in two kittens.

Trust me things are NOT getting better, I can show you why's  where's and how comes daily.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@yoopie93  No, you're wrong.  Actually, "Wanting to see this worthless piece of shit get the violent retribution he deserves" ABSOLUTELY makes you less of a civilized person.

It's important to be better than people like this. What part of that is so hard to understand?

And who--the FUCK--said I would "stand  pat while someone brutalized a suffering pet in front of children?"  If you can even imagine that, you are one sick moralist.

Here's what having some values means.  When you see your crazy-ass mentally ill neighbor fixing to do this to the dog, you gets your azz up and goes and takes that dog from that man, to your own home.  No need to become a monster like this guy by "beat[ing] this asshole within an inch of his life."  How about save the dog?  Or is it more important to play some Rambo tough-guy bullshit game on the internet?

See, that's values.  Otherwise you're just a rude moral relativist blowhard, talking smack on the internet to impress people.  Go be like the commenter "kjcoreo", who at least does animal rescue work and doesn't puff up and talk anonymous meaningless internet smack about how violent he would be and how he knows kung-fu and if he'd a-been there he'd a-kicked this guy's ass with his karate punch and then beat him up and then jumped up and down on the guy's head and then peed on him, see, 'cause you're so tough.  Meanwhile, not saving the dog. 

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@blacksheep Well, there you and I differ.  This guy is despicable and sick, but it's important to me to be better than somebody like this.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@kjcoreo   I'm glad you're doing the work you're doing.  I actually have witnessed this kind of cruelty in a rural area; usually to barn cats and old dogs.  I really do think as a species we are getting better.  We don't have "Bear Baiting" as a public sport.  We don't all gather to watch cats set on fire (the Elizabethan English were incredibly sadistic, as were 19th and early 20th Century Americans).

There is, of course, still far too much work to be done, and far too much room for improvement.  As you would know, better than I.

wowmanchillout
wowmanchillout

Hey @yoopie93, I am impressed with @swmnguy. I think he IS the better person for his comments. Conversely, YOU seem to be wrestling with a mixture of explosive anger and impulse control issues. 

yoopie93
yoopie93

@swmnguy Here we go with more self-righteous bullshit.  Sigh.  NOBODY IS IMPRESSED BY YOU HERE, AND NO ONE THINKS YOU ARE THE BETTER PERSON FOR YOUR ASININE COMMENTS.  Please try to understand that.  

And you calling me a "sick moralist" is too hypocritical for words.  Just as you were wrong in your other self-involved comment below about how ultra-violence against animals had been practiced regularly in society until recent times--which is patently absurd--you are wrong here as well.  You do not get to judge what determines values in a society (Thank God!), and you don't get to pass judgment on people here either.  Look at all of the comments here besides yours.  You are, and will always be, in the minority.  If people want to vent their frustrations over an incredibly disgusting act by wishing violence against the perpetrator, then THAT IS THEIR RIGHT.  Coming on this site and preaching your faux-enlightened indignation is a waste of internet space, and I can't stress this enough times--NOBODY CARES.  You are just as much an anonymous commenter as I am, and you are in fact the blowhard who is trolling a particular viewpoint.  In truth, you are the lamest kind of troll there is--the contrarian who has to come on a comment board and preach a differing view to get noticed.  You are so pathetic that this becomes the only boon to your self-esteem in a world that otherwise ignores you.  Fuck off.

Oh, and your anecdote below about how you are more educated about the animal experience because you happened to adopt two kittens (wow, good for you--I'll contact the Nobel committee right away)--that's an example of pandering to impress people on a comment board, asshole.

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