Ferrets Allegedly Left to Starve and Die in Park Deserve Justice

Target: Nicole W. Ziccarelli, District Attorney of Westmoreland County, PA

Goal: Prosecute alleged pet abandonment that led to death to the fullest extent.

Cases of pet abandonment have exploded since the pandemic began, leading to tragic results in too many instances. Unfortunately, this worst outcome was realized when two ferrets were allegedly left behind in a Pennsylvania park. Now, their caretakers– Sonia Hermann, Danette Hermann, and Jesse Lucas–have been charged with animal cruelty and animal neglect.

One of the ferrets was discovered after two days of searching. The search originated from reports of a malnourished ferret roaming the park’s grounds. The ferret, while in seemingly bad condition at the time, was seen by a vet and eventually placed in a foster home. The second ferret was not so fortunate, as remains were reportedly discovered along the side of a nearby road. Once allegedly abandoned, this ferret had seemingly been run over at some point.

Pet abandonment is animal cruelty. Sign the petition below to demand full and vigorous prosecution for these apparent crimes.


Dear Ms. Ziccarelli,

Three individuals– Sonia Hermann, Danette Hermann and Jesse Lucas—were recently cited for animal cruelty and neglect. They are accused of abandoning their two pet ferrets in Twin Lakes Park, where one of the ferrets perished. This case is the type of incident that can easily slip through the cracks of the legal system.

Please treat this alleged crime with seriousness. Two living beings apparently suffered, and one of them reportedly lost their lives. The troubling trend of lenient or non-existent, slap-on-the-wrist punishments for such reported offenses needs to end. Prosecute with vigilance.

Send a message that every life has value and every crime matters.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Westmoreland County Park Police

One Comment

  1. Donna+Snyder says:

    The idiots responsible for this should never be permitted to have any animals ever!

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