Lexington Park Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail for Animal Cruelty and Neglecting Dogs

May 9, 2018
Joseph William Smith, 24, of Lexington Park

Joseph William Smith, 24, of Lexington Park

UPDATE 5/9/2018: On Thursday, May 3, 2018, Joseph William Smith, 25, of Lexington Park, plead guilty to six counts of animal cruelty and one count of resisting arrest.

Smith was given 1 year in jail for the resisting arrest, but it was suspended down to 30 days, he was also given 30 days for each of the animal cruelty charges. The other 6 charges to include four counts of selling a puppy underage, disorderly conduct, and obstruction/hindering the investigation were placed on stet docket.

Smith was also given 3 years of probation.

His sentence is set to begin on Thursday, May 10.

1/19/2018: On Wednesday, January 16, 2018, Deputy Austin Schultz of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the area of Midway Drive and Ranger Road in Lexington Park to assist animal control with a complaint. The day before, animal control officer John Miedzinski saw an emaciated dog and several puppies at the residence while performing a welfare check on the dogs. Miedzinski was chased off the property upon arrival by the homeowner, identified as Joseph William Smith, 24, of Lexington Park.

Upon arriving at the residence, Dep. Schultz knocked on the door and heard two dogs barking inside. A woman opened the door, and a brown dog — which police believe is an American pit bull terrier — ran outside. Schultz noticed the dog was malnourished, with its ribs clearly visible and appearing extremely underweight. The dog appeared to have given birth recently as its teats were visibly distended.

With the door to the residence ajar, Schultz spotted several small puppies laying on the floor. He was told by the woman that the puppies were five weeks old and that there were thirteen puppies total, but that only six were still at the residence.

The woman decided to call her significant other, Joseph Smith, talking to him briefly before voluntarily handing the phone to Dep. Schultz. Smith told Schultz that there were actually 12 puppies in the litter and that they were seven weeks old. Two puppies died and four were “re-homed,” Smith explained to Schultz.

The woman at the residence proceeded to bring the other dog to Dep. Schultz, who observed a white and gray dog with an open wound on its tail that also appeared to be an American pitbull terrier. The dog, like the other one Schultz saw earlier, was emaciated, with its ribs and spine showing.

Due to the poor condition of the dogs, animal control officer Joy Wilson made the determination that all the dogs, including the puppies, needed to be removed from the house. Upon loading the dogs into the animal control vehicle, Officer Wilson checked the puppies’ gums, all of which were a pale white color, which indicates malnourishment.

While the dogs were being tended to, Joseph Smith arrived at the scene and began yelling and screaming profanities. Smith hollered that the puppies were “five weeks old,” directly contradicting his earlier statement that the puppies were seven weeks old. Smith was yelling so loudly and vociferously that a crowd formed as neighbors stepped outside to see what was happening.

Eventually, and after additional screaming and disobedience displayed by Smith, Dep. Schultz placed Joseph Smith under arrest and transported him to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where he was charged with four counts of selling a puppy underage, six counts of animal cruelty, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and obstruction/hindering the investigation.



Joseph William Smith, 24, of Lexington Park

Joseph William Smith, 24, of Lexington Park

91 Responses to Lexington Park Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail for Animal Cruelty and Neglecting Dogs

  1. anonymous on January 19, 2018 at 11:50 am

    So the guys a general ahole, who should be starved.

  2. Anonymous on January 19, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Wonder how many times he’s bred the momma and what other abuses the dogs may have faced.

    • Albert Mattingly on January 19, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      Filthy animal! He probably bred with his momma. Bring back public hangings in Leonardtown for criminals like him.

      • Anonymous on January 21, 2018 at 10:51 am

        Let’s start with you ‍♀️

        • Albert Mattingly on January 21, 2018 at 8:53 pm

          As an obvious criminal collaborator, you should warm up the noose for him! I’m just a law abiding taxpayer, not part of your criminal enterprise.

        • Anonymous2 on January 22, 2018 at 4:54 am

          And you can be next!

        • Anonymous on January 22, 2018 at 3:36 pm

          Only a POS would defend this, its probably your ignorant family.

      • anonymous on January 22, 2018 at 12:31 am

        Let’s just say his momma shoulda swallowed at least once.

  3. Whyte Ryder on January 19, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Another worthless mop head. Vermin like this needs to be eradicated, before it can reproduce.

    • Albert Mattingly on January 19, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      Filthy animal! He probably bred with his momma. Bring back public hangings in Leonardtown for criminals like him.

    • Anonymous on January 19, 2018 at 10:19 pm

      Amen to that!!! His name will go on the known animal abuser list

      • UnderDog on January 23, 2018 at 7:19 am

        Oh PLEASE, not that!

        Not “the list”!

        Does that mean he has to register in any new area when he moves?

        Horrible horrible.

  4. Anonymous on January 19, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Looks like he hasn’t missed a meal.

  5. Anonymous on January 19, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Unfortunately the judges will not put him in jail and he will be doing this again.Very troubling the judges we have.

  6. Anonymous on January 19, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Blacks should be barred from owning pit bulls, most either mistreat them, fight them, or just get them because they think theyre “gangsta”. Truth Hurts.

    • Bebop on January 19, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      Amen

    • Pammela on January 19, 2018 at 7:15 pm

      You racist thug

      • helpmecuzz on January 20, 2018 at 9:45 am

        Bet your Racist

    • Ricky Thompson on January 19, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      I agree with the first four words in your comment, period.

    • Anonymous on January 19, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      That is an ignorant comment and is uncalled for. No animal should ever have to endure such treatment, but it’s not one single race whom performs those cruel acts. People of all races do. There are millions of African American families who make wonderful pet owners. Thank goodness these babies have been taken away from the living conditions they have been in. Thank you to everyone involved in getting these babies safe.

      • M on January 21, 2018 at 3:43 am

        Amen

      • M on January 21, 2018 at 3:45 am

        Where are the dogs taken to now?

      • 3 Dog Nite on January 23, 2018 at 7:23 am

        Oh yes those precious babies!

        whaaaaaah whaaaaaah

    • Anonymous on January 19, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      That is an ignorant comment and is uncalled for. No animal should ever have to endure such treatment, but it’s not one single race whom performs those cruel acts. People of all races do. There are millions of African American families who make wonderful pet owners. Thank goodness these babies have been taken away from the living conditions they have been in. Thank you to everyone involved in getting these babies safe.

    • Anonymous on January 19, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      That is a hateful racist comment, you can crawl back to your KKK barn party now.

      • Jasper Klux on January 23, 2018 at 7:26 am

        Party?

        Where is this party?

        Wait up! I am en-route!

    • Anonymous on January 19, 2018 at 10:20 pm

      They should be banned from having ANY animal

      • Anonymous on January 20, 2018 at 12:30 am

        Did you forget these monsters ARE animals? Black or white or “other”, they should NOT be allowed to own even a goldfish.

        • Dillion McMillen on January 21, 2018 at 8:56 pm

          Or breed. That’s why there is so much crime and thefts of Air Jordan’s, their breeding is unchecked.

    • Anonymous on January 20, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      That was just wrong. I have friends that own pits and they are treated as children and family members!

    • John Coffey (liketheDrink) on May 9, 2018 at 11:52 am

      I guess we should take away all of the sheeps and goats you rednecks like to hump!!

    • emalie on May 10, 2018 at 7:16 am

      yep

    • Gary on May 11, 2018 at 11:21 am

      So if blacks should be banned from owning pitbulls, then whites shouldn’t own guns. Because all they do is commit mass murder. Bet ya’ll won’t think that’s funny. Before you write a statement just think about what you are saying first. Oh and stop hiding behind the anonymous tag, stop being a coward.

      • Otis Scorpio = "Gary"'s token white friend on May 13, 2018 at 10:31 am

        Whatever you say “Gary.”

  7. Anonymous on January 20, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Sadly, a lot of people own these dogs as status symbols, nothing else.

  8. Anonymous on January 20, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Free my man. He prolly waz just makin some extra cash on the side. Its hard out here for the African american community, since Trump gave away the jobs and money we made uner obama. We need Obama back!

    • Oh well on January 22, 2018 at 8:42 am

      The problem isnt Trump, the problem is the Liberal politicans who have enslaved the black community for decades has moved on from the black voters to the hispanic voters. Thats where your jobs and money has gone to. There isnt enough to go around for the black community AND the illegal immigrant community…

    • Malcolm X on January 22, 2018 at 9:41 am

      Apparently you haven’t been keeping up with current events. The black unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in decades. Couple that with the stock market making over 30% since Trump has taken office and trashing job killing regulations. Stop making excuses and get your butt to work and live the American dream. Jump on the train my friend! Choo Choo

    • Anonymous on January 22, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Just WOW!

    • Anonymous on January 23, 2018 at 8:49 am

      this comment reads like a white person pretending to be what they think is black

  9. Nana on January 20, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    OMG, this absolutely breaks my heart to see the condition of these dogs. They did not deserve this. The POS that did this sure doesn’t look like he has missed a meal. I hope they charge him to the max of animal cruelty.

  10. Anonomous on January 20, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    I hope he rots in hell. I have a rescued pit bull who is an awesome dog. I have had search and rescue dogs as well. This makes me sick. My rescued pitbull was abused prior to coming to me. He is now the most loyal and loving dog I have ever owned. I hope these dogs find good homes like mine.

    • Dog Lover on January 23, 2018 at 7:31 am

      Best wishes to you and your rescued pit bull.

      Hope you get well soon from your broken heart and get over it.

      Maybe a 12 step program is offered somewhere – that you can join with a support group.

  11. Anonymous on January 20, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Another thug living off of breeding innocent lives. Stop using the racist card, it’s getting old especially when it’s obvious he lives off of breeding innocent lives and uses that money on everything else but supplying them food. Anyone to defend this POS is just as bad.

  12. Anonymous on January 20, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Kill this man!

  13. Anonymous on January 20, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    That was just wrong. I have friends that own pits and they are treated as children and family members!

    • Dogs World on January 23, 2018 at 7:37 am

      Yes, a few even more-so!

      So why don’t you and all these other dog lovers go rescue the muts and take turns…
      lick all over them and roll in the grass barking delightfully.

  14. Frank on January 20, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Well after the TURPINS white people should be barred from having children

    • Rich Ballard on January 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      Who will work and pay for your welfare and EBT cards?!!! Don’t bite the hands that feed you animals. Stop being so ungrateful for your undeserved Section 8 housing.

  15. Frank on January 20, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Crackers look at the national news about “your” perfect little world. “You” LOVE animals more than humans.

    • cheywolf on January 22, 2018 at 8:26 am

      And now you can see why we love animals more than people. Humans suck! There is no humanity left in any race.

    • Adam 12 on January 22, 2018 at 9:37 am

      I agree. We make up 70% of the population and commit less than 50% of all violent crimes. Wait, that means……nevermind.

  16. Frank on January 21, 2018 at 12:43 am

    This page always publish white trashy racist comments but won’t publish the rebuttals. TRUMPS WORLD! Welcome

    • Adam 12 on January 22, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Yet here is your post. Weird.

  17. BIG MOUTH on January 21, 2018 at 12:47 am

    After the TURPINS white people should not be allowed to breed. You ins love animals more than you value humanity. WELCOME TO TRUMPS TRASHY WORLD

    • I'm still laughing on January 22, 2018 at 12:30 am

      LMAO youre such a pos to stick up for this animal, all you people do is cry about white people. Truth hurt? How about you get a job and contribute to society like everyone else. You won’t its easier to blame white people for your problems all the while youre on food stamps and section 8. So pathetic.

    • I'm still laughing on January 22, 2018 at 12:39 am

      How many times are you going to say that loser? You people hate when somebody says the truth.

    • Anonymous on January 22, 2018 at 3:09 am

      Awwwww you mad your cousin got locked up?

    • Frank2 on January 22, 2018 at 4:57 am

      Loser

  18. Anonymous on January 21, 2018 at 8:15 am

    It’s just common that these dogs are going threw this
    So since he is a fat boy let’s take away his meals
    And let that feeling grow the laws should turn to old fashion
    Ways when Criminals decide to act stupid

  19. Diane on January 21, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    This has NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE!!!!! This is a sorry POS NOT TAKING CARE OF HIS DOGS!!!!! I’m disgusted!!! Let’s tie his ass up with chain and no food or water and starve his ass!!!! WHAT A SAD WORLD WE LIVE IN!!!! I hope the Burn his ass!!!!

  20. Sparky on January 21, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Needs his teeth kicked out of his f’ing head!

    • anonymous on January 22, 2018 at 12:34 am

      Another 1 with a half tear tattoo, because the only thing he’s killed – is a dog.

  21. Anonymous on January 21, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    rasict bastards, do what? Hang who??? 2018 we want all the smoke

    • Mitch Snead on January 21, 2018 at 9:03 pm

      It’s obvious you need a reverse middle passage. Go back home, homey, you and yours will not be missed!

  22. Eric Stormhammer on January 21, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    This piece of trash just needs to be curb stomped. End of problem!

  23. anonymous on January 22, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Pits were once known as “Nanny Dogs” for how protect small children.

    • The Graduate on January 23, 2018 at 7:45 am

      Thanks Wikipedia!

      Pits were also found inside cherries
      and spit out on the ground.

  24. I'm still laughing on January 22, 2018 at 12:43 am

    I swear on everything if i see this pos anywhere hes gonna learn a lesson i could care less if i take a charge it’ll be worth it.

    • Big Dog on January 23, 2018 at 7:47 am

      So brave!

      Swearin on “everything”….

      Willing to “take a charge”….

      Woweee!

  25. D on January 25, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Brought a tear to my eye. What a terrible heartless person to treat these animals this way to earn a little money from puppies. Such a shame people can’t just work like productive members of society. He could stand to lose a few pounds by sharing some of his food with those poor pups, they deserve it more than that piece of garbage. Hope your mom/sister/friend/cousin defends you on here, so I can tell them they are just as trashy as you.

  26. Anonymous on May 9, 2018 at 11:42 am

    These Judges need to go,not nearly enough jail time for what he did and you can blame these judges because they dont give any real time to these criminals.

    • Anonymous on May 10, 2018 at 8:05 am

      SMNEWSNET he received more than just 30 days in jail, “he was also given 30 days for each of the animal cruelty charges.” He received 6 charges of animal cruelty. Might be a good idea to proofread and make sure your headline is correct before posting as your current headline is false!

  27. Otis Scorpio favors the return of public hanging on May 9, 2018 at 11:43 am

    So, basically another slap on the wrist imposed by fine, upstanding, overpaid SOMD judges. That’ll send a message, alright. Thank God for that stet docket, amirite your “honors”?

  28. Keytasha on May 9, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    This is such a racist post. If he would have been white. He would have had a slap on the wrist and sent on his way

    • Anonymous on May 10, 2018 at 4:14 am

      What was racist about it? Please explain.

    • Keytasha2 on May 10, 2018 at 5:02 am

      Stop being so racist yourself!

    • Anonymous on May 10, 2018 at 11:11 am

      What is racist? The fact this guy is black and should get a pass? GTFOH with that crap. Loser.

  29. Susan on May 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    That’s all he got? Thirty days? I want to know who the judge was. We should all let that judge know how we feel about such a light sentence. I am so sick and tired of judges who give animal abusers such meaningless sentences.

  30. JP on May 9, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    That’s right. Defend the helpless dogs and keep defending a woman’s right to choose.

    • Bass Ackwards on May 10, 2018 at 6:52 am

      Dogs are loved not people!

  31. Me on May 9, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Figures that he only got 30 days! Stupid judges!

  32. Tiffany on May 9, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    where are the dogs now? Did they survive, did they find forever homes?

    • Baja Men on May 13, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      Who let the dogs out?

  33. Anonymous on May 9, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    What annoys me so much, is this “person” posts so much about how he feeds his family well and cooks dinner all the time. (Ribs, rolls, cornbread, mashed potatoes. etc) but he couldn’t feed his dogs?!!!! Another thing that pisses me off is he is known to steal from places, like petco, return stolen items and then get store credit and sell the card for drugs…. so what you’re telling me is he couldnt just steal his dog some food if it came down to it?? That’s what really pisses me off about this situation. I’m not even going to get started on the whole 30 days bit.

    • Marcus Garvey on May 13, 2018 at 9:00 am

      It’s Black Enterpise at its finest. They are nothing but society’s parasites. Disgusting trash. Maybe the Maryland Democrats will fund their passage back to Liberia or Ghana. The sooner the better. Take your crack and aids with you.

  34. Bert on May 10, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I wouldn’t say its the judges as much as its a Mr. Fritz the states attorney problem. He is known to make deals like this for example the stet docket in this case. And if he wanted a stiffer sentence he could have pushed for one. I believe Mr. Fritz doesn’t care about these cases, he will talk a big game in public but when it comes down to the end most people get very light sentences.

    And to top it off he is running unopposed in this years election. Its really sad no one stepped up to run against him. However, thankfully this will be his last election.

    • Otis Scorpio's buck stops at the bench on May 10, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      Sentencing is the judges’ responsibility, not the responsibility of the State’s Attorney. If a judge does not believe that a light/nonexistent sentence serves the interest of justice, the judge can decline to approve of whatever plea deal was cooked up between the State’s Attorney (who will likely be looking to return to the criminal defense bar at some point) and the convicted criminal’s defense attorney. Somehow, SOMD judges never ever seem to do this. I wonder why.

  35. matrix on May 10, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    starve this SOB make him eat grubs and worms for a month and see if he lives to tell

  36. Nana on May 11, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Really? Only 30 days? Disgusting! So what when he gets out, he can go get more dogs and do this again???? Wow, come on St. Mary’s Judiciary system, what the hell is wrong with you? Time for new blood on the bench and in the State’s Attorney’s office.

  37. Anonymous on May 18, 2018 at 10:04 am

    What is wrong with this judge we pay him its time to kick him out we need to protest to get rid of this judge