Target: Scott D. Shellenburger, Baltimore County State Attorney
Goal: Applaud jail time for NFL player who starved his dog to death.
Former Ravens NFL player Terrence Cody was recently found guilty of negligence in relation to his canary mastiff that starved to death. The Baltimore Ravens cut him after he was indicted for animal cruelty. This was a positive step forward for the NFL, which is known for lax punishments in the case of unjustifiable aggression and violence off of the field.
The former football player was indicted for animal cruelty following a visit to the vet in which Cody presented a dog that was so emaciated that it was barely breathing. Needless to say, the poor dog died a short time later and the end of Cody’s Baltimore football career followed shortly thereafter. As a well-paid football player, there was no excuse for Cody’s dog to be starving.
Even if extenuating circumstances prevented Cody from caring for the dog or feeding it properly, he could have given it up for adoption or to a shelter. This is simply another example of a football player that appears to lack compassion for others.
All too often, wealthy celebrities wiggle their way out of justice and penalties. This time, the man responsible for the death of his dog will serve jail time. Please sign this petition applauding the state attorney for sentencing Cody to jail instead of letting him off with a fine.
Dear Mr. Shellenburger,
I am writing this letter in a state of relief and contentment. As you know, former Ravens NFL player Terrence Cody was indicted on charges of animal cruelty just a few months before he was found guilty of animal negligence. In this most unfortunate situation, Cody let his dog starve to the point that he was barely breathing.
As an NFL player, Cody did not have the excuse of not being able to afford adequate food for a pet. As you know, if he found himself unable to care for the dog, he could have easily given it away. He instead decided to keep the starving dog, only taking it to the veterinarian when it was on the verge of death.
Unfortunately, NFL players have a bad reputation for disregarding other life off of the field, and this animal cruelty charge does not help to dispel these stereotypes. I want to thank you for refraining from letting Cody off with a fine, but instead letting him do time behind bars to think about the wrong he did.
[Your Name Here]
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