Target: Don Gutshall, Police Chief of Clewiston, Florida
Goal: Find and prosecute person who dragged a dog behind their vehicle.
A dog in Clewiston, Florida had to be euthanized after she was found with injuries that were consistent with having been dragged behind a vehicle. When the pit bull named Aaliyah came into the care of veterinarians, several of her bones were broken, her front paws were shredded, and her belly was torn. Veterinarians felt that these injuries were too traumatic to try and save the dog, and decided that it would be kinder to put her down. The Gulf Coast Humane Society says that the dog had rings around her neck and muzzle, presumably from objects that were attached to her to pull her behind the vehicle. Residents of the community are saddened and outraged. What kind of person would tie a dog to a vehicle and purposefully drive it around in an act of unspeakable torture? In an image that has been widely circulated on social media, Aaliyah can be seen with her paws shredded down to bloodied stumps.
Unfortunately, the person involved has not been caught, despite a large reward for information that leads to an arrest. Authorities are searching for puppies that the Aaliyah gave birth to before she was so brutally killed. Such a terrible act of cruelty should be met with swift justice. Anyone who is capable of inflicting such a brutal torture on an innocent animal is dangerous.
Sign this petition to Clewiston Police Chief Don Gutshall to ask that this case be pursued with the utmost intensity to ensure that the person responsible does not get away with this terrible crime.
Dear Mr. Gutshall,
I was deeply disturbed to hear about the recent incident in your community, in which a mother pit bull was tied to the back of a vehicle and dragged around. When she arrived under the care of veterinarians, her injuries were beyond horrific. Her front paws were shredded down to bloody stumps, her belly was torn open, and she had multiple fractures. She was in such terrible shape that the vets had to put her down.
I believe that this is a terrible act that is worthy of heavy penalties. Not only should justice be done for this dog, but I also feel that it is in the best interest of your community to catch the person responsible. Anyone who can torture an animal in such an awful way is undoubtedly capable of carrying out other acts of cruelty, possibly on other people. I ask that this case please be made a priority, and that the person responsible be prosecuted to the highest extent possible.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Douglas McCoy