Don’t Let Man Accused of Whipping Screaming Dog on Camera Go Free

Target: Megan Ferguson, Assistant DA of Angelina County, TX

Goal: Prosecute man who allegedly beat dog on video to fullest extent of law.

Once again, an accused animal abuser is being handed back his reported victims by a lax and uncaring so-called justice system. Lorenzo Johnson was the apparent subject of a Facebook video that went viral. In the video, Johnson is seemingly seen repeatedly whipping a dog that is howling in pain. Neighbors allege it was not the first such incident. After authorities were made aware of the video, Johnson was arrested on felony animal cruelty charges.

In a sad commentary on how “seriously” abuse against animals is often taken in this country, a local judge returned three dogs to the custody of Johnson after he posted bail. This man, apparently caught on video committing abuse, will have unfettered access to these animals. A conviction may be the only way to keep him from potentially harming more innocent living beings. Yet a regional animal welfare organization claims that charges against Johnson were dropped.

Sign the petition below to demand that prosecutors treat this disturbing case with more responsibility and seriousness than the judge seemingly did and reinstate these charges.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear ADA Ferguson,

You have already received thousands of signatures from concerned community members requesting that animal cruelty charges be brought against Lorenzo Johnson, a man depicted in a viral video allegedly abusing his dog. Now comes word from the organization Animal Victory that the felony animal cruelty charges originally brought were dropped. More disturbing still, three animals—including the apparent victim—were returned to this man.

Please bring clarity to this disturbing situation. If charges were indeed dropped despite the reported presence of video evidence, you must offer an explanation at the least or a reinstatement of charges at the most. Do not signal to would-be animal abusers that they have a safe haven in Angelina County.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Pixabay


168 Comments

  1. tessa zimmer says:

    End this madness – zero tolerance

    • This judge needs to go! Come on Angelina county do the right thing and stand up for justice for this case and future cases. Let this judge know his decision is promoting animal abuse. Is this the type of judge you want representing your county? you are better than that

  2. Julia Edinger says:

    I agree with Maria Lavorato
    “ The judge should lose his job!. How completely heartless to return these dogs to this PSYCHO!. BAN THIS MONSTER FROM EVER HAVING ANOTHER PET. HE NEEDS TO BE IN JAIL JUDGE ….WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU JUDGE? NO WONDER SO MANY ANIMALS ARE TORTURED WITH THESE LITTLE SLAPS ON THE WRIST THAT CONDONE THAT ALL THIS ANIMAL ABUSE IN COMPLETELY OK! TWO PSYCHO CRUEL HUMANS HERE.!
    Somebody with compassion get all the dogs safe and adopted in happy forever homes. “ Judge and that evil owner of (poor innocent DOG) must be severely punished the same treatment!!!!!

    • Renee Doan says:

      I agree with your input 100% bar none all the way!!! Are they kidding us?? This Judge does NOT deserve the title whatsoever & should also be removed asap!! This dog nor any dog deserves to be yelping in agonying pain due to an extremely twisted/demented sub-human for no good reason!!!
      Removed the so-called Judge & the sub-human owner asap!! Heartless as hell!!

  3. Barbara Keshishoglou says:

    There is no punishment harsh eough for this rotten POS. It’s appalling that the dogs were returned to him!

  4. BEAT THIS CRUEL AND ANIMAL ABUSER WITHIN AN INCH OF HIS LIFE BEFORE THROWING HIS SORRY ASS INTO A PRISON CELL WITHOUT RENDERING HIM ANY IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION AS WELL AS DURING HIS ENTIRE SENTENCE!!! He should NEVER be ALLOWED to ADOPT, OWN, & BE NEAR ANY MORE DOGS AND ALL OTHER ANIMALS FOR THE REST OF HIS MISERABLE LIFE

  5. Trevor Mackenzie says:

    Unconscionable!!!

  6. What kind of society is this that we allow abusers to continue without any punishment? This inhumane monster needs to be imprisoned for his crimes. Why should innocent dogs be whipped online and returned to this human even though there is evidence confirming this cruel behaviour? The signs of the state of society are shown in the treatment of the animals. Set an example and put this man in prison to demonstrate this behaviour will not be accepted. Are you not afraid this man may extend this abusive behaviour to human beings?

    • I implore you to immediately remove all animals from this individual’s home. And, it is essential that a permanent ban be placed on him from future ownership or unsupervised interaction with animals.This is not an unfortunate incident, it is a personality issue that will not just go away.This person has demonstrated instability and cannot be responsible for the lives of any defenseless animal There is already documented evidence as well as testimonies revealing that indisputable fact. Please do not ignore that but act accordingly.Would you trust him with a two year old member of your own family? No. That is because you already know he is predictably unstable and violent.Do not allow him ownership of animals!

    • Joyce O'Malley says:

      They guy should be whipped publicly – put in jail – take all animals away from him permanently

  7. Christine Nuttall says:

    I took on a rottie who was abused at just 6 months old and she is an amazing girlie now but people like this man need beating within an inch of his life and then he will know what it feels like. Even today if I ever came across my dogs abuser he will wish he’d never met me.

  8. Fire or recall this judge! He is not fit for the job!

  9. Lorenzo Johnson Should be in prison!!! How can the judge condone animal cruelty?

  10. Mike Castoldi says:

    This piece of shit should be killed!!! Along with the judge for giving him back his animals. I prayer for them!!!

  11. I hope and pray this judge loses his job! When are these judges gonna stand up to these animal abusers and get justice for these INNOCENT, CAN’T DEFEND THEMSELVES , POOR ANIMALS BEING ABUSED AT THE HANDS OF THESE HEARTLESS INDIVIDUALS??? DO THEY NOT REALIZE THESE ANIMALS WILL END UP DYING AT THE HANDS OF THESE LOW LIFE’S???? PROTECT THESE SWEET INNOCENT ANIMALS !!!

  12. Lawrence Holtzman says:

    Lets put him in the street stockade- whip his nasty ass -then put him and anyone who who would let this lowlife walk around with him in jail including the state judges !!!

  13. Donna+Snyder says:

    The POS that did this needs the same punishment as he inflicted upon this defenseless dog and the judge that allowed him to have the dog back deserves it also!

  14. If this is true, it’s absolutely DESPICABLE, and totally INEXCUSABLE!!!! Poor dogs, this is NOT OK!!! Thank you for fighting for them!!! 🙏🙏🙏

  15. DEATH PENALTY for ALL animal-torturers and animal-abusers. These monsters don’t deserve this planet. No animal shall be beaten, kicked or punched by dehumanized and desensitized psychopathic scum. ALL animal-abusing sadists must be EUTHANIZED to set an example.
    DEATH PENALTY is the only adequate punishment for this Satan!

  16. Tracey Aquino says:

    This ugly-ass motherfucker needs his fucking head snapped right off. He would not be missed by anyone (and if he is, who gives a shit?). I hate animal abusers with every fiber of my being. People actually have the gall to ask me why I love animals but hate humans.

  17. Our Justice system working at its finest to let the criminals go free to continue to abuse, stalk, and create terror on their victims.

  18. Rebecca Risher says:

    Need to fire judge and county has a lousy DA. EVERYWHERE ELSE ALL THATS NEEDED FOR CONVICTIONS AND PRISON TIME IS PROOF OF CRIME AND JUDGES LOVE VIDEO PROOF. RHEY HAVE THAT PLUS NEIGHBORS TESTIMONY THAT THIS WAS LONG TERM ABUSE.

  19. Raymond Stevens says:

    Throw this piece of shit into jail and tell the inmates what he did. Justice will be swift and sure and, hopefully, bloody.

  20. this judge must be removed from animal cruelty cases; what will happen to this poor defenseless dog next time? Where is the dog’s protection under the law?
    This dog must be removed from this animal cruelty abuser and the criminal, Lorenzo Johnson must never be allowed to have pets and he must be charged and sentenced jail time for his abusing crimes.

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