Target: Judge Pro Tem Lon Bryan
Goal: Stop dismissing animal cruelty charges for a $1 littering fine and enforce fair animal cruelty punishment.
Daniel Garonzik was charged with animal cruelty after he was reportedly found living inside a storefront with 632 animals, some of which animal control officers say had no access to water and food. He claimed he was starting a business selling mice. The remains of 78 dead mice were allegedly found inside the storefront by police and animal control officers who seized the living animals. Among the seized animals were 541 live mice, 29 rats, four turtles, five snakes, 15 hamsters, 15 guinea pigs, two hedgehogs, two snakes, an alligator that measured one foot long, three crabs, seven lizards, seven birds, and a frog.
The animal cruelty charge is a class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year in prison. However, Garonzik was reportedly given a plea deal where the judge exchanged his cruelty charge for a measly littering charge, allowing him to get away with this sick act. He was allegedly ordered to pay $133 in court costs, but only $1 for 632 innocent lives. Sadly, it’s common for animal cruelty charges to be dismissed as littering because people think of them as trash to throw away when they’re no longer wanted. This is not a punishment and it shows how meaningless 632 innocent lives are to the seemingly unethical judge.
It’s sick that people force innocent animals to suffer just to make money. He made himself responsible for each life, including the 78 who allegedly died on account of him and he deserved to be punished for it. Demand the judge stop allowing these terrible injustices and enforce fair animal cruelty laws.
Dear Judge Bryan,
A man was charged with animal cruelty when officers allegedly found 78 dead mice and 632 live animals –some with no access to food and water, according to officers–living with him in a storefront. You reportedly dismissed the cruelty charge for a littering charge, which is a terrible injustice.
It’s appalling hundreds of innocent lives are only worth a $1 littering fine. We demand that fair animal cruelty punishments be enforced immediately.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Tatiana Bulyonkova