Target: Chenango County District Attorney, Joseph A. McBride
Goal: Punish man charged with overdriving, torturing, or injuring an animal to the fullest extent of the law.
A New York resident faces animal cruelty charges for the seven severely starved and wounded dogs found behind his property. They were chained up in a wooded area without adequate shelter, water, or food. Officers also noticed terrible bruising and wounds on the dogs, which indicates they might have been used for dog fighting. The owner, Anthony Thompson, has been charged with a misdemeanor for neglecting the animals.
The dogs were so severely malnourished that they turned to licking ice in order to get some water into their bodies. They were weakened by the lack of food and were covered with scars. Matthew Bates, one of the dog control officers who saved the seven pit bulls, described the scene as one of the worst cases he has ever worked on.
He was happy to find that the dogs were friendly toward him when he approached, but once put together, the dogs became more aggressive toward each other. This further fed his suspicions that the dogs may have been bred for fighting. The Chenango County Sheriff’s Department agrees that the dogs show signs of dog fighting and is investigating the possibility.
Dog fighting not only puts these dogs at risk when under Thompson’s care, but also make it difficult for them to be adopted out to future families. As a result, these dogs may have to be put down through no fault of their own. Add your name to this petition to encourage the district attorney to ensure a proper investigation is done, and that if found guilty, Anthony Thompson is punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Dear Mr. McBride,
A man was recently charged in your county for the terrible treatment of seven pit bulls. All seven dogs were found in a wooded area behind his home and were chained up without access to adequate shelter, food or water. In fact, the dogs’ only source of nourishment seemed to be the ice and snow they were licking at for sustenance.
The dogs were also terribly bruised, wounded and scarred. When kept apart, the animals were friendly toward the volunteers, but once put together, they became very aggressive toward each other. This leads both the rescuers and the Sheriff’s office to believe the dogs may have also been used in dog fights.
New York has gotten off to a bad start this year, with several cases of animal cruelty that have made the news and even gone viral. Help set your county apart from the rest by taking a stand for animal rights. I urge you to ensure a thorough investigation is done, and that the owner, Anthony Thomson, is punished to the fullest extent of the law for his actions if found guilty.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Steve Baker