Target: Columbia County District Attorney Carl G. Whitbeck Jr.
Goal: Demand the maximum penalty for person accused of abandoning 14 animals in a house without adequate food or water.
A woman is accused of abandoning 14 dogs in her house without access to food, water, or any kind of care. As a result, three of the dogs allegedly starved to death and were partially eaten by the remaining survivors. In spite of the overwhelming evidence against owner Patricia J. Gregory, she has pleaded not guilty to all charges levied against her in court.
Gregory was charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty after police officers allegedly found the dogs during a check on the house. Law enforcement officers reported that the home was in terrible condition and that “urine and feces [was] covering the floor.” The president of the Humane Society that took the dogs in, the Columbia-Green Humane Society, also claimed that the dogs showed signs of behavioral issues from trauma, including a strong aversion to men. They are also extremely shy. However, volunteers and their new owners are working to rehabilitate them.
The president of the New York Humane Association also attended the court appearance. She wanted to raise awareness of animal cruelty and its effects on society. She believes that a light sentence solves nothing because offenders tend to go out and abuse animals again. Each of the charges faced by Gregory are punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. However, a lighter sentence is still a possibility.
Add your name to the petition to encourage the district attorney to push for the maximum sentencing allowed by law, if Gregory is found guilty. This ensures that Gregory does not have the opportunity to commit animal abuse crimes again.
Dear Carl G. Whitbeck Jr.,
Thank you for the active role you have played so far in the trial of a woman accused of abandoning 14 dogs in her home. As you are already aware, three of these dogs died, and the Humane Society reports that the remaining animals ate the deceased dogs to survive. When law enforcement officers checked the home they found the floors covered in filth and urine, and nowhere was there access to food or water.
The dogs were later turned over to the Columbia-Green Humane Society where they received proper care and treatment. They have since been adopted out to families who are working with the shy dogs to rehabilitate them. The staff at the Humane Society shared that the animals showed significant signs of trauma, and were especially wary of men.
As a district attorney, you are no doubt familiar with the fact that criminals who get off with a light sentence often become emboldened and go on to repeat the offense. Oftentimes, the new offense becomes even worse than the former. This was the concern of the New York Humane Association Inc., which also has considerable experience in this area.
I urge you to push for the maximum penalty allowed for Gregory, if she is found guilty. This deters her from committing similar acts in the future, and sends a statement to the rest of your county and state on how animal cruelty cases will be handled in that area.
[Your Name Here]
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