Target: Ken Doherty, Chairman of the Charlotte County Commission
Goal: Help end an epidemic of horrifying animal cruelty
A record number of animal cruelty cases have been documented in Charlotte County, Florida. Sadly, it isn’t simply the number of cases that has people worried, but the heinous nature of the crimes. Something must be done immediately to prevent this ongoing tragedy from escalating any further.
Thirty-eight cases of animal cruelty ended in sentencing during the 2012-2013 fiscal year in Charlotte County. This is twenty-nine more than the previous year, the highest number in Florida, and one of the highest numbers in the country. Officers with the Charlotte County Animal Control say they have never filed so many reports before. They have also never seen such severe abuse and neglect, including torture and disposing of bodies in horrifying ways. Two of the worst cases involved a man who tortured his dog by shocking it with an electrical cord repeatedly and another man who tied a cinder block to his dog’s harness and threw it in the Gulf of Mexico.
Lt. Brian Jones has responded to the situation, saying, “Things we’re seeing today that we weren’t seeing 10 years ago… Many times we find that a situation has been going on for a considerable amount of time prior to us learning about it.” The good news is that Lt. Jones and the other officers at Charlotte County Animal Control are successfully tracking down the criminals and the majority of the cases have resulted in charges and sentencing. Something still must be done, however, to alter the community’s perception of animals. It doesn’t matter that the criminals are caught if the number of animals being tortured and abused keeps increasing at such an alarming rate.
Please sign the petition below and demand that the Charlotte County government take action within the community to promote animal kindness and welfare.
Dear Chairman Doherty,
Charlotte County has had a record setting year. Unfortunately, that record is for animal cruelty cases. There were twenty-nine more charges of animal cruelty than in the previous year. To make matters worse, these were some of the worst cases Charlotte County Animal Control has ever seen and they seem to be getting worse.
This cannot continue. Lt. Brian Jones and the other officers with animal control are doing a wonderful job of finding these criminals and ensuring that they are charged and sentenced, but these cases should never reach the point where someone can be charged with a crime. They need to be prevented more than punished. Please do something immediately to educate your community about animal welfare and promote kindness toward all living things. Cruelty to animals always results in cruelty toward other humans. If the ways in which people are harming animals are becoming more heinous, it is likely this will be the same for other humans as well. Please protect the animals of Charlotte County.
[Your Name Here]
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