Dog Reportedly Shot and Killed in Dispute Deserves Justice

Target: Brandon Goins, Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for Tazewell County, VA

Goal: Strictly punish man accused of shooting dog to death if found guilty.

A dog reportedly became an innocent bystander in a dispute between two Virginia men. The canine, along with one of the men, was shot. While the man reportedly survived and remains hospitalized, this poor animal tragically died from his injuries.

The suspect in the shooting, James Patrick Cantrell, faces a host of charges that include use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, aggravated malicious wounding, and animal cruelty. Cantrell also apparently had an outstanding warrant for abduction. No motive for the apparent crimes has been disclosed. This suspect needs to be held fully accountable if he is found guilty.

Sign the petition below to demand justice in this troubling case.


Dear Mr. Goins,

The charges against James Patrick Cantrell are numerous and serious. Please treat the deadly crime he allegedly committed against an innocent dog with equal gravity. When he reportedly shot this animal, he violated the Virginia animal cruelty statute that includes anyone who “cruelly or unnecessarily beats, maims, mutilates, or kills any animal, whether belonging to himself or another.” If this dog belonged to someone else, the suspect also may have violated the portion of Virginia laws that condemns “malicious injury, killing, or poisoning animals owned by another.”

Do not lose sight of the fact that this case involved two reported victims, one of whom ultimately lost his life. Please prosecute every aspect of this case to the fullest extent and seek the maximum possible penalty if conviction results.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Rizwan Sayyed


  1. Erin Ryan says:

    Please put Cantrell in PRISON! He obviously has some major issues and murdering an innocent dog is unacceptable.

  2. E johnson says:

    End him

  3. The cretin who killed this poor defenceless dog must be put to death!! A slow and agonising de3ath is essential for this evil cretin.

  4. This is got to stop who the hell do these people think they are

  5. It’s not just animal cruelty it’s first-degree murder of an animal!

  6. Bobbie Maiorka says:

    Inhumane low-life pieces of crap! Max sentence PLEASE! This has got to stop!

  7. michael gerl says:

    macht das gleiche mit diesen menschen

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