Target: Hon. Patrick L. Carroll III, Chief Court Administrator
Goal: Demand harshest possible punishment for woman who allegedly hanged her two dogs in drug-induced fit.
Two dogs were allegedly hanged from a tree by their owner, who claimed to be in the throes of drug-fueled hallucinations. Veronica Reyes, the owner of two female pit bulls, admitted to taking prescription pain killers as well as smoking marijuana that she claimed may have been laced when she says the dogs “told her to kill them.” She later buried the two dogs in the backyard of her rental property.
The dogs’ corpses were discovered by police after Reyes’ landlord talked to a neighbor after being unable to find Reyes or her dogs. The neighbor claimed to have seen Reyes hanging a dog using a leash slung over a tree branch. According to a statement Reyes made to police, she had arrived home after a night out and her walls and dogs began talking to her. She then claims that she asked the dogs if they wanted to be hanged and they became very “excited and hyper.”
Several inconsistencies exist with her testimony, including once when she said that she simply hung the dogs because she was under extreme emotional stress after a breakup. An activist outside the courthouse also pointed out that while Reyes claims the dogs were talking to her, she never actually quoted anything the dogs said. Even if Reyes’ testimony is completely truthful, the irresponsible use of drugs is not an excuse for the brutal murder of an animal.
So far, Reyes has been ordered to obtain mental health care and has been banned from owning pets in the future. She will return to court shortly where the judge will hand down a sentence for the two counts of animal cruelty she faces, which could amount to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine per count. Sign the petition below to demand that a harsh punishment is sought against this cruel and remorseless offender.
Dear Administrator Carroll,
A Bristol woman was recently arraigned for the hanging of her two pit bulls in her backyard. The woman, who later put the dogs in garbage bags and buried them in her backyard, first claimed to be hallucinating but later claimed that she was simply under stress.
Regardless of her motives, the cruelty of this crime is shocking and the woman must be punished accordingly. We, the undersigned, demand that she is punished to the fullest extent of the law.
[Your Name Here]
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