Flomaton Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Dog Fighting

February 28, 2009


A Flomaton man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison  after pleading guilty to one count of dog fighting and one count of cruelty to a dog.

carnley00.jpgDale Lynn Carnley of Flomaton received the sentence Thursday.

Carnley’s probation from a previous charge of attempting to possess a controlled substance was also revoked, resulting in the return to prison to serve the remaining 14 years of that 15 year sentence.

On March 18, 2008, Carnley admitted to fighting his dog, Batman, against another dog in Santa Rosa County on March 17th and then placing the dog, severely wounded and bleeding, in a dogbox and returning to Flomaton where he left the dog in the box overnight with no medical treatment.

Carnley then attempted to sell Batman by showing his wounds and relating the details of the fight to undercover police officers. A total of six dogs were seized from the property along with various dog fighting paraphernalia.

Elizabeth Carnley, Dale Carnley’s wife, has also been indicted under charges of dog fighting and cruelty to a dog. She is awaiting trial.

“We will not tolerate the torture and death of innocent animals. The prosecution of these types of crimes against animals is both difficult and costly, nevertheless, we are committed, with the constant and unwavering support of our local law enforcement here in Escambia County, Alabama, to doing all that we can to catch and punish dog fighters.” said Renee Jones, Director of the Humane Society of Escambia County, Ala.

Five people were arrested for dog fighting in Escambia County, Ala., in 2008 with three arrests in Santa Rosa County and four arrests in Autagua County, Ala. as a result of investigations that begain in Escambia County, Ala. Those investigations are continuing.

Pictured top: “Batman”, the dog involved in a dogfight that led to a Flomaton man receiving 15 years in prison. Pictured inset: Dale Lynn Carnley was sentenced to prison Thursday. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge. 


21 Responses to “Flomaton Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Dog Fighting”

  1. Renee on April 16th, 2012 8:56 am

    Its a crying shame that this world has gotten so bad that a person will be put in prison for 15 years for animal abuse but if a person is killed they get sentenced for 10 but let out at 2! My Uncle was killed in Jan. and the person that killed him is only getting 2 years for that! I love animals don’t get me wrong but I would much rather see you beat a dog than to beat a person… people don’t care about people anymore Every since people stopped turning to God in this country kindness and love has gone too!

  2. jasmine on December 4th, 2009 10:36 am

    he needs more than 15 years that wnt u get

  3. patchman on March 13th, 2009 1:45 am

    As Susan puts it, he must not love his family because he lets his dog fight another dog…. Is there something in the water you’re drinking? How is it that you tie a dog fight into loving another person. Don’t anyone answer, or defend such a comment because it’ll make you look like you’re drinking from the same well. What’s with the local ludicial system…. This guy was given 15 years for ATTEMPTING TO POSSESS A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE…….. Guess he’d only get a year for sptting on the sidewalk.

    And Bill needs to drop the ‘Wild’ part in his handle, and stay out of the Florida sun. It may be affecting your common sense. Here we have Bill correcting Laurie on the details to this story, while in the same post he says Carnley was “maiming and killing innocent animals” Hey bill, why not copy and paste those details for us.

    Then in another post he dislikes the comments of ‘concerned’, who makes a good, LOGICAL insightful post on the country not caring about the aborted human but jumping up in arms about two dogs fighting. Bill, blinded by that old sun, steps to the plate claiming ‘concerneds’ post was political. He then goes on to make his own political comment about the un-adopted, in which his own post is twice as long as the one he complains about. He also adds……… “This man was forcing god’s creatures to fight, injure and kill other animals and he deserves every minute he got.”

    “God’s creatures”????? AND THE UNBORN BABY IS WHAT??? Those of us whgo own Pit Bulls have seen the ignorant remarks of special groups like Peta, and the United States Human Society. These groups are behind the slaughter of thousands of pit bulls each year, using the same garbage that is posted here about the terrible cruelty, Their solution? Inform the ignorant public that the dogs can’t be adopted out, and then…’kill em all’….

    BTW…. If i walk down the street with my dog, and another is doing likewise, and these dogs charge after each other, is this cruelty???? Anyone with an IQ over 80 would say no. So then… At what point does two dogs fighting become an act of cruelty??? Even Peta knows tht it’s very rare for a dog to die in a organized dogfight, because of the rules that are in place. Whats the definition for cruelty?

    Hey Bill, on that adoption issue; you now know that pit bulls aren’t adopted because of the lies of special interest groups that make big tax free money getting donations. Maybe you and other non-informed people can go adopt some pit bulls.

  4. John Payne on March 4th, 2009 8:19 pm

    If a person would take a animal and watch him being chewed up by another dog has no regards for life, animal are human. And would not think twice about taking a human life. Good job, to our law inforcement officers and the human society.

  5. Susan on March 4th, 2009 1:21 pm

    mom an younger sis, are you for real? This man loves his family so much that he has taught his children how to torture animals? He takes care of his family so much that he couldn’t stay out of trouble in order not to violate his probation?? He loves his wife so much that he allowed her to get involved in animal abuse? He respects his wife so much that he will let her go to prison too? He loves his children so much that they no longer have a father in their life? and possibly their mother too? My goodness!! I understand God and love and brotherhood, but do you get there are “mistakes” out there that absolutely need to be punished?? Maybe YOU should read the bible?? Remember Adam and Eve and the apple??

  6. mom an younger sis on March 3rd, 2009 5:41 pm

    I know what was done was wrong but has anyone thought about this mans sole what about that. He needs prayer not negotivity. This man was a very loving child and a very loving son an cared for others as well as himself. I also disagree with dog fiting but god can change him as well as god can change anyone else. The bible says “those without sin cast the first stone” has anyone of you ever made a mistake? Thank about that. This man has small children an loved them dearly. An also has a wife an famliy that love him. An with all of that i love him. He will allways be my son an a loving brother!!! Have any of you ever thought of maybe why he did it may be he needed money you all know with a record its hard to get a job an none of you no wat all he was charged for an why or what the sistatuion was. He tried very hard to get a job but yet no matter how hard he tried or anything nobody secmed to care that he was tring to do write an make his life better. When he was out on probation he was doing great. He had realy straited up a whole lot. An yet they disided to violete him a year later. No matter what you belive he is a good man an cared an would do anytihng to take care of his family. And as far as you all comparing dog fiting to abortion well its no ware near the same it is not rite to kill an inosect child and yet it is not rite to fite a dog but it is a natural instianct for a dog to fight back what can that baby do to fite for its life nothing becouse its sorry mother dont no what she is doing. He did come from a praying an christian family an we will continue to pray for him every day of his life. And he is not a loser but a stong caring man. Unlike any man that does not care for anything he did care for his family in a time of need and yet have you ever thought that may be why he did it yes it was rong but maybe he had no ather choise. All of you that are judgeing keep in mind that the bible says “thou shalt not juge for thou shall be judged as well” only god can realy an truly jugde someone for who they realy an truly are. a mothers love is unconditial. And a sister never forgets the times an moments shared for blood is thicker than water. So why dont you pray for him instead of judge!!! We love you dale lynn!!!

  7. Renee Jones on March 3rd, 2009 1:20 pm

    Laurie is correct. Carnley will first serve the 14 years of his controlled substance conviction, with absolutely no possibility of parole, and then his dogfighting sentence of 15 years will begin. These two sentences will run concurrently. Flomaton is in Alabama, not Florida. Class C felonies carry up to 20 years.

  8. me on March 2nd, 2009 7:33 pm

    The way I read the story was he got 15 years for dog fighting and his probation was revoked so he also has 14 years to do from a previous sentence. That’s 29 years total.Right?

  9. Wild Bill on March 2nd, 2009 9:29 am

    Laurie, In Florida, dogfighting is a third-degree felony punishable by five years in jail and a $5,000 fine for first and second offenses, and 10 years in jail, $10, 000 fine for third and future offenses. READ THE STORY!

    Quote from story above “Carnley’s probation from a previous charge of attempting to possess a controlled substance was also revoked, resulting in the return to prison to serve the remaining 14 years of that 15 year sentence.”

    So by the accounts of my quality florida public school education he only received one additional year for maiming and killing innocent animals. Sounds like he got off lightly.

  10. Laurie on March 1st, 2009 1:09 pm

    Has anyone thought about how this compares to killing someone in an automobile accident? Not the actual act of doing it, but rather the punishment for doing it? There is one that I remember quite well in which the person found guilty of drunk driving, killing one man and severely injuring two more, is now serving a 15 year sentence……What has this world come to? You will serve the same sentence for fighting a dog as you will for carelessly taking the life of a human being! HOW SAD :(

  11. Steve Lind on February 28th, 2009 4:58 pm

    The dog fight just got his parole revoked. If it hadn’t been for that he would have done NO TIME for that single charge of dog fighting and cruelty. Maybe a fine and community service. I’m very happy he is going back to jail where he deserves to be. You folks are correct…stay on topic. We could talk about Darfur also…but this story is about the DOGFIGHTING and the guy that is going back to prison.

  12. William on February 28th, 2009 10:05 am

    Let’s stay on the subject of the story.


  13. Wild Bill on February 28th, 2009 10:02 am

    Dog fighting has nothing to do with abortion, You are just using this platform, where you have no business, as an excuse to babble some more of your pro-life garbage. So now I will recipricate with my equally off topic opinion. There are millions of children out there that are already born and don’t have families, why bring more in to this world to suffer? So how many have you adopted? None I would speculate! I have three that are adopted, loved and cared for like my own even though they are not from my seed or womb. Get off your soapbox and do something positive in this world instead of talking crap.

    This man was forcing god’s creatures to fight, injure and kill other animals and he deserves every minute he got.

  14. Thinker on February 28th, 2009 9:23 am

    So the guy who puts dogs in confined spaces to fight will now be in a confined space himself. Child molesters do not fare well in prison with other inmates. Possibly some inmate dog lovers will likewise make it hard for this man in prison. Ironic reversal of fates, if it happens. My thanks to the undercover agents.

  15. ghendricks on February 28th, 2009 12:13 am

    To the last three “priorities” posters, how many adopted children do you have?
    Any special needs children? Have spent any time in labor & delivery to see who is having children? What do animal cruelty and abortion have to do with each other?

  16. lee on February 27th, 2009 10:38 pm

    I agree with concern. We should get our priorities in place.

  17. Shaun on February 27th, 2009 10:19 pm

    Concerned I so agree with your post. Although I think animal cruelty is very inhumane and should carry punishable responsibilities, abortion is done every day to innocent babies who does not deserve it either.

  18. concerned on February 27th, 2009 8:39 pm

    It is so sad that we live in a country where women can kill (abort) their babies and it is seen as okay, but you can spend half your life in jail for fighting a dog. No wonder our country is headed in such a downward spiral, we need to get our priorities straight.

  19. James Webster on February 27th, 2009 7:31 pm

    I want to thank all those involved in the effort to stop animal fighting. Education and law enforcement will help but it will need the diligence of everyone to stop this and truly make it socially unacceptable.
    I have an article called “The Savage Pit” written 30 years ago that tole of this blood sport and it’s only now that the modern efferts are paying dividends for dogs

  20. kristine Morris on February 27th, 2009 7:11 pm

    You get what you deserve i love animals an fighting them are totally wrong you will learn your lesson i hope if not you will be right back ware you are right along with anyone else and also you better not let me catch you fighting any animals cause i will turn you in to the police as fast as you can blink you eyes ♥♥

  21. Chuck on February 27th, 2009 3:23 pm

    Needs to do every minute of his sentence. What a loser.