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Man arrested in dog’s death

Published 10:13pm Friday, September 28, 2012

A Suffolk man was arrested Wednesday after being indicted Monday for allegedly beating his dog to death.

John Rudolph Babb, 48, has been charged with felony cruelty to animals and maim, kill or poison animal or fowl.


The incident occurred on Aug. 13 about 3:22 p.m., according to city spokeswoman Diana Klink. Officers responded to the home in the 1400 block of Redwood Court.

The dog, an adult, female, black and white Labrador mix named Kumo, had been kicked, stomped and beaten to death with a cane, allegedly because it would not leave the room, Klink said.

A 15-year-old was also charged in the incident, Klink said.


  • coopernj

    Mr. Babb was out on bond for killing this beloved dog and then he and his 15 y/o son were arrested for grand larceny at walmart. His wife, older son, and step-sons are so much better off now but miss Kuma terribly. Yes, John has gotten away with so much in his pathetic life. Let’s just hope that now justice will be served. RIP Kuma…you are loved.

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  • dthomas

    Way to go Suffolk ,new charges keep stacking them whatever it takes to remove this person from society.

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  • Lovebug

    How is it that I posted a comment on here yesterday and today its gone? So much for our rights in this Country!

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  • dthomas

    This defies comprension. I cant seem to wrap my head around this one. What kind of father beats the family pet to death and allows the children to watch and participate in the act. The poor dog, what was she thinking as the person who was suppose to protect her was beating the life out of her. I hope and pray that she is at peace. As for her killer you are no man you are a coward. The citizens of Suffolk need to get behind this one and ensure that justice is done. Anyone with this much anger should not be walking the streets,what if he should encounter your pet or worst yet a child. Suffolk Commonwealth Attorney a slap on the wrist just wont do for this one.

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    • Donald

      The same kind that is friends to many in the police dept as a known drug dealer, has been arrested for child abuse and let go with minor slaps on the wrist, and the same kind that makes claims to have had cancer and even led local relay for life events but has never had it and when exposed again get away with it……

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    Sick and inexcuseable. And what kind of ‘parenting’ is going on in a household that apparently encourages beating a pet to death? The residence should be identified to the general public by house number, not just the ’1400 block of Redwood Court.’ You should lose any right to privacy after committing a heinous act like this. Gee, I wonder if his house could become a target for any upcoming Halloween pranks?

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  • jlynn

    Someone should beat him to death with a cane!!!!!!!

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  • SouthernLady

    Unfortunately Mr. Babb will not receive the punishment he so rightly deserves! He is lower than scum as is the 15 year old also involved! Since this was just a dog, an alledged pet who most likely looked to Mr. Babb and the 15 year old for love and care, the State of Virginia’s Animal Abuse Law will not go far enough to prohibit incidents like this one from happening again. This man should not only pay a hefty fine, he should go to prison for no less than 10 years, but he will only serve a short sentence and will probably do the same again one day. The 15 year old will probably do the same as well since he/she will see the State does not care enough to do more to stop these kinds of cruel acts! The actual punishment for this man would be to do the same to him as he did to the dog and let him experience what the dog felt as it was being tortured and killed! There should be no place on earth for people who do things like this and as long as the State of Virginia doesn’t do more, these types of incidents will continue!

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