Drop Charges Against Man Who Tried to Save Dogs from Burning Home

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Target: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Goal: Drop charges against Wendell Joyner, who was arrested and charged after reportedly trying to rescue his dogs from his burning home.

Wendell Joyner was arrested in Brevard County after he allegedly rushed into his burning home to rescue his three dogs. Firefighters tried to restrain him, but he reportedly made repeated attempts to enter his home. He was not successful, but firefighters were able to locate and rescue the frightened animals. Joyner received treatment at the hospital, and then was taken to the Brevard County Jail where he was slapped with two charges: disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

In their defense, the firefighters claim that they suspected Joyner was intoxicated when they arrived. This made them fearful of what he might do to himself or others after picking up a fireman’s ax to break a window, in hopes of reaching his dogs. However, the homeowner insists that the authorities used too much force, as he received injuries to his face when they restrained him.

The sheriff deputies consider the charge minor compared to the felony charge they could have slapped him with for allegedly picking up a fireman’s axe. However, the authorities should really consider the distress the man must have been in. We understand that he put his life in danger, but he was on his own personal property, and had only good intentions. He did not cause intentional harm to anyone, in spite of his alleged intoxication. He merely wanted to save his dogs.

Show your support for his bravery by signing this petition to urge the Sheriff to drop the charges against the homeowner. “I was trying to save my dogs,” Joyner said in defense of his actions. We believe this is enough.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sheriff Ivey,

I am writing to express my deepest sympathies for Wendell Joyner, who was arrested by your deputies after rushing into his burning home to save his dogs. While I understand that he endangered his life by doing so, he had nothing but the best intentions. Wouldn’t you rush into a burning building to save your family, friends, or pets if you knew they might burn alive inside?

Joyner was confronted with this very situation on January 20th, when he saw his house going up in flames, and acted bravely to save his dogs. With this context in mind, we believe his actions were reasonable, and not uncommon of people faced with this dilemma.

We urge you to drop the charges against Joyner, who has already suffered injuries from the fire and your men–not to mention the emotional distress of losing his home and personal possessions. To suffer criminal charges in addition to his great loss seems not only unnecessary, but cruel.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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20 Comments

  1. HAS OUR WHOLE COUNTRY GONE COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY INSANE??? THIS GUY WAS JUST TRYING TO SAVE HIS BELOVED PETS. HOW MANY OF US WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME THING??? GIVE THIS GUY A BREAK FOR HEAVENS SAKE HE LOST HIS HOME, MOST OF HIS POSSESSIONS AND ALMOST HIS BELOVED PETS AND NOW YOU WANT TO CHARGE HIM. CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY!. PLEASE AUTHORITIES RECONSIDER AND DROP THE CHARGES AND ACT COMPASSIONATELY LIKE YOU SHOULD HAVE IN THE FIRST PLACE. WENDELL, I HOPE A TOP NOTCH ATTORNEY TAKES YOUR CASE PRO BONO AND GETS THE CHARGES (THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ASSESSED ARE DROPPED) IN CASE U GUYS DON’T KNOW THE REST OF THE COUNTRY THINK THAT FLORIDIANS ARE NUTS AND THIS CASE SHOWS THAT THEY ARE CORRECT UNLESS THE CHARGES ARE DROPPED!

    • Rhonda Cook says:

      YES, THE COUNTRY IS SCREWED UP………..LOOK WHO IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AND IS UP IN THE POLLS……….TRUMP

  2. Jaime Perez says:

    I agree, this world has gone crazy. This poor man has suffered enough, losing everything. I would have done the same thing if my pets were in danger, just try to me! Leave this man alone and let him try to rebuild his life with his companion pets.

  3. Marina Nemchinova says:

    So let me get this straight, when a man puts his life on the line to save his pets from a burning house then he’ll be charged with “disorderly conduct and resisting arrest”? But when a man tortures/abuses his pets then he can get away scot-free? Is it just me or has the whole world gone insane?

  4. Gene Sengstake says:

    There are “wrongs” on both sides of this discussion – and at least it’s lucky that things all worked out for the best. Maybe the gentleman involved has learned a lesson that the situation could have turned out quite differently – and perhaps the fire department could dismiss the charges knowing that even if they are in the “right” – they could just take the high road in knowing that they gave this person and his “family” another chance at life – – –

  5. the sadists abusing animals get by with a warning or a small fine, but the guy who is trying to save his FAMILY is a problem? What a shame

  6. Research and statistics have shown that individuals capable of such atrocities with animals often move on to human victims. Our (every country) Governments are aware that these animal abusers are a threat to our communities. Please sign petitions and state that that our governments are aware that these animal abusers are a threat to our communities and can move into our neighborhoods without our knowledge. Make our governments accountable for not applying strict prison sentence laws and we need to animal abusers to register in the areas that they reside in.

  7. Sheriff Wayne is HEARTLESS IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FREE INNOCENT MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Deborah Fischer says:

    If it was a child that would have been a different matter.
    I don’t have kids & dogs have always been there for me when humans failed me from a young age.

    What the hell is wrong with some humans? The man should be able to choose to save his dog friends & risk his own life!
    Ok he might have been drinking; whatever; he was alert enough to care! It was his life; not yours!!! If there is any lesson to learn; learn that one!

    If a human hurts another person or appears that they will then you police them….

  9. Au Yong Annie says:

    What kind of INSANE LAW is this ???? It is UNHEARD of …

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