Critically Stabbed Dog Deserves Justice


Target: Thomas M. Quinn, Bristol County District Attorney

Goal: Help ensure man accused of stabbing dog multiple times goes to prison, if found guilty.

A man allegedly stabbed a dog multiple times. He needs to be penalized to the fullest extent of the law in order to better ensure that animals are safe if he is found guilty of this hateful action.

According to reports, a lady was walking her pit bull terrier—Smokey–in Fall River, Massachusetts when another small dog ran up to it and began showing aggression towards the larger animal. Both owners were said to shout for help. The lady told police that while separating the two dogs, a man ran up to her dog, forcefully grabbed it by the neck and stabbed it multiple times. The lady originally thought the man was smacking the dog on the side of the face in order to try and break up the animals and did not realize until it was too late that what she thought were necessary actions taken to separate the animals was really malicious stabbing.

William Whitson claims he stabbed the dog because it bit his hand and would not let go. Contrarily, he was only treated for “a small laceration,” likely making his story a huge stretch from the actual truth. In addition, the man was also arrested for animal cruelty, as well as for two other crimes relating to the incident.

Sign this petition and request it be suggested that Whitson be given one of the harshest sentences under law, including either five years in prison or 2.5 years in the house of corrections and a $2,500 fine if he is found guilty of such heartless animal cruelty. No dog ever deserves to be treated in this deplorable manner.


Dear Attorney Quinn,

A man was reported to have stabbed a dog multiple times. If he is found guilty, it is important that he serve maximum time in either prison or a corrections facility and that he pay the highest possible fine in order to better ensure animals in surrounding areas will be safe.

The owner of the dog explained to police that she had been walking the dog when a small dog ran up to it and began attacking the larger animal. After the owner of the two dogs called for help, a man allegedly ran up to the scene, grabbed the pit bull terrier by the neck and stabbed it five times. While William Whitson claims he did this because the dog would not let go of his hand, he was only treated for a small wound, making it much less likely that his story holds complete validity. In addition, police charged him with two other crimes pertaining to the incident.

It is for these reasons that I urge you to recommend that William Whitson be given a maximum punishment under state law and that he either serve time in prison for five years, do time in a correctional facility for 2.5 years and that he further be required to pay a $2,500 fine if he is found guilty of such malicious animal cruelty. The dog may unfortunately die because of this heartless act; therefore, his abuser deserves to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


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  1. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    My heart aches for all the beautiful souls in the Animal Kingdom who fall victim to torture and murder at the hands of humans…

  2. any human that kills or hurts any animal small or large needs to be slowly left to die some where in a lot of pain,

  3. I pray sweet Smokey makes a full recovery and lands in a loving & caring home — As for Whitson, what a horribly cruel & unconscionable idiot — he should be thrown in prison — WE MUST TAKE THESE CRUEL & UNCONSCIONABLE CRIMES AGAINST ANIMALS SERIOUSLY! — hold him accountable for his needless brutal crime — the lives of animals are precious & valuable — this psycho MUST see the error of his way — we do NOT WANT repeats of such acts against animals — punishments & sentences MUST be severe, lengthy & serious.

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