Target: Virginia Attorney General, Mark Herring
Goal: Prevent those convicted of animal cruelty from ever owning animals again.
Law enforcement in Virginia seized 45 horses and 15 dogs in a case involving two family members with previous animal cruelty convictions. Police took the animals into protective custody after law enforcement visited and searched the farm following animal cruelty suspicions. According to reports, the search also turned up the remains of four horses and one dog.
The animals were taken from a farm owned by Robin Vince, who in November of 2014 was convicted of animal cruelty. His daughter, Rhiannon Vitiello, also has prior convictions for animal cruelty. Police seized horses from her property as well. Nottoway Commonwealth’s Attorney Terry J. Royall promised to file charges as soon as officials completed their investigation.
Incidents of large scale animal cruelty cases on farms, ranches, and private property are become more frequent in America. Yet people accused and convicted of animal cruelty continue to own animals in the same county and state without any restrictions on their ownership. As a result the cycle of abuse continues with new animals until law enforcement and animal shelters catch on again.
Help stop the spread of this growing epidemic by taking a stand now. Sign your name to the petition to help ban people convicted of animal cruelty from ever owning animals again.
Dear Mr. Herring,
Law enforcement officers in Nottoway recently seized 55 animals in an animal cruelty case involving a father and daughter with prior animal cruelty convictions. Along with the animals reportedly found in deplorable conditions, the police also found the remains of four dead horses and one dog.
The owner of the searched property, Robin Vince, was convicted of animal cruelty in 2014. It is not clear when his daughter was convicted of similar crimes, or if both convictions were related. However, authorities have confirmed her prior convictions as well.
In spite of this, both individuals were allegedly able to own not just one or two but dozens of animals without any restrictions. As a direct result of this, more animals may have once again become victims of their negligence. Now the state must find resources to care for the 55 animals seized from their properties.
Help put an end to these repeat incidents by banning animal cruelty convicts the first time around. After a successful conviction please do not allow these people to own animals again in your state. Not only does it give Virginia a bad name but it puts pressure on state and local resources to resolve the issue once the damage is already done. I urge you to take action before this happens again.
[Your Name Here]
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