Same Crime: Michael Vick – 23 months | Mike Huckabee’s son David – 0 months

Via Show Me Progress blog.

Dogster noted that

It turns out that David Huckabee, the then Governor of Arkansas’s son, hung and murdered a stray dog while Huckabee was at a Boy Scout Camp. Guess what? No charges were filed even though there were witnesses and Huckabee was dismissed from the camp because he failed to live up to the Boy Scout creed of “Scouts are kind.”

Published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 8/7/98:

Governor’s son 1 of 2; fired at Scout camp; after stray dog killed


The younger son of Gov. Mike Huckabee and another teen were fired last month from jobs at a Boy Scout camp after the killing of a stray dog.

Marcal Young of Texarkana, scout executive of the Caddo Area Council that operates the camp where the dog was killed, said this week that two boys violated a Scout law, “A Scout is kind.”

Young would not release the names of the boys nor explain how the dog, “probably a mixed breed,” was killed.

The two teens reported the event immediately and said they had made a mistake.
“They felt it [the dog] was ill and what have you, still our policy is it was inappropriate behavior,” Young said.

He would not say what the boys thought was wrong with the dog, but he said they did not suspect rabies.

Members of the camp staff receive training before camp starts and are told what it means to be “a good role model,” Young said.

An anonymous, unconfirmed report describing a particular process of killing the dog and naming young Huckabee as a participant was sent by fax machine this week by an organization against cruelty to animals to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. That report was described by Young and the governor as inaccurate.

Both men declined to say how the dog had been killed or who did it.

The dog was killed July 11 at Camp Pioneer near Hatfield. Only employees witnessed the incident. Not many of them were on hand, one source said.

Young said he chose not to reveal the names of the employees because “I just think that they’re due privacy. These are young people. They make mistakes occasionally, but I’m not covering for them.”

Young said the council’s board gives him the authority to take care of personnel decisions. He said the council believes it took appropriate action and the matter is closed. He said he did not report it to law enforcement authorities.

A source who asked to remain unnamed said David Huckabee, who turned 18 on July 22 and was 17 at the time of the incident, was one of those fired over it.

A reporter’s message left at the Governor’s Mansion for David Huckabee was not returned.

Danny Frady of Texarkana said his son, Clayton, 19, was the other staff member who was fired.

The elder Frady said his son told him he came upon one or more Scouts who had the dog “hung over a limb and choking” so the younger Frady helped “put it out of its misery.”

“I think the boy has paid his dues because he lost his job. He was one of the better counselors. He’s made a mistake, and he’s paid for it,” Danny Frady said. “I don’t think he did anything wrong to put an animal out of its misery.”

Danny Frady said killing a stray dog that has become a nuisance is common in rural areas. The mistake was doing it in front of other youth staff members, Frady said.

Young said the fired employees might be required to undergo counseling if they applied to be employees again. Danny Frady said he doesn’t think his son needs counseling because “he’s not cruel to animals.”

Polk County Sheriff Mike Oglesby said neither he nor his deputies had heard of the incident. A complaint should have been made, he said.

Prosecuting Attorney Tim Williamson of Mena said cruelty to animals is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $ 1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. “We regularly charge cruelty to animals. That’s kind of my pet peeve,” he said.

Oglesby and Williamson said they didn’t intend to investigate because no one had lodged a complaint.

Camp Pioneer in Polk County served 2,026 campers for week-long stints from May 31 through July 25.

The camp employed 65 staff members. Caddo Area Council includes eight Arkansas counties and two Texas counties.

Why do Republicans hate God’s creations? They hate our children. They hate our country. They hate our troops. They’re lawless, they’re immoral and they’re corrupt. …and they’re in our way to a better world! And now I’m reading that they’ll kill stray dogs so their kids can be entertained?!

The Republicans have become like… “A plague” on the human race!!

Little OtisOur dog’s name is Little Otis, pictured here. He was born in the wild as a Hurrican Katrina survivor. He was found, along with his litter-sister, nursing from his mother who was laying dead along the road in southern Mississippi.

Lucky for Little Otis, he wasn’t found by a Republican sleaze-ball like David Huckabee.

8 Responses

  1. Give me a break. if you are stupid enough to think that killing the dog is a ‘party’ issue, then please do us all a favor and take a long walk off a short bridge. For now, the only ‘confirmed’ story is that he killed a dog that was causing problems around the camp. Not great, but not the end of the world. I wont put any credence to the part of hanging the dog, slitting the throat, then ‘stoning’ unless someone other than ‘anonymous’ says something.

  2. Awww… Poor Ryan from Chapel Hill, NC. He’s sitting in front of his computer crossing his fingers mumbling: “Say it isn’t so! Say it isn’t so!”

    The only thing I’ll give you credit on this story is the fact that it happened some ten…twelve years ago. (This story is old.) That doesn’t excuse anything from the fact that this boy has really deep seated psychological problems. Face it: He’s away from his Mommy and Daddy’s jurisdiction, he’s left in charge at a Boy Scout camp, and instead of showing good judgment when encountering a stray dog – he hangs it, tortures it and eventually kills it.


    Now go back and root and cheer for your disgusting Republican party. But May I suggest you keep your dog at


    PS Our Little Otis is a cutie, don’t cha think? A hell of a lot better story than trying to torture it and kill it.

  3. But I’m a republican, remember? I hate dogs. And you’re a democrat. You hate unborn babies. Its a trade off.

  4. Ohhh…. Good one!

    It isn’t that Democrats hate unborn babies – it’s that we love Freedom and the freedom to choose!

    Ooops. I forgot. Republicans don’t like freedom. They hate our Constitution except for that “bear arms” part. They hate the gays, the Muslims, the Jews, the Mexicans, the Blacks, the French …. ** and ** now the dogs!


    Accept it! You’re just a “Hater”!! …and you can call me a “Freedom Lover” until the cows come home! (Unless you guys hate cows too. Keeping up becoming really difficult these days!)

    Now isn’t it lucky for you that Freedom Lovers like me are liberal enough to let you guys go on with all of that hating you do?! It’s a cross to bear, I know, but I think it’s just damned lucky for you.

    “Let Freedom Ring! ….Unless you’re a Republican!!!”


  5. They hung the dog by it’s neck, slit its throat, and stoned it to death.

  6. How gruesomely …ehem “Biblical”. Thanks for the Huckleberryhound link!


  7. all we think we know is that he killed a stray dog. so what? that’s not illegally. torture is another matter. if he did that, it’s wrong but he got punished already…

  8. Yeah… You’re absolutely right.

    And if it was a Democrats’ kid who did this?

    Katie Couric would be doing Evening Specials on animal abuse and thugs who kill dogs.

    Pete Williams would be doing a week of Specials on “Children who torture and murder dogs grow up to be psychotic killers”.

    Charlie Gibson would be doing a week-long focus on the Democratic candidate and how he/she obviously makes a bad parent.

    60 Minutes would focus on the horrors of animal torture and feature Betty White (she’s a huge dog-lover).

    John Stossell of 20/20 would be doing a “I Don’t Get It!” special focus that would span three episodes.

    …But you’re right. No big deal. PHphphphphph… Nothing to worry about here. He did nothing wrong. He was “punished” justifiably by simply being fired from his job. We won’t pay attention that he was later PROMOTED to being an Eagle Scout! Yup… No big deal…Just move along folks!! Nothing to see here!!

    …fucking hypocrites…


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