Target: Jim Currell, Prosecutor Sergeant
Goal: Severely prosecute Bruce Akers after 21 dead horses were found on his property.
A horse was recently discovered starving and dying in its paddock and the carcasses of 21 other horses were found on the property. Some of the dead horses had apparently been piled together. After seeing “leg movement in the air,” a Melbourne man made the grisly discovery on his neighbor’s property, the Herald Sun reports.
Bruce Akers, the owner of the horses and the property where they were discovered, has been charged with 92 counts of animal cruelty. While beginning the prosecution of the alleged abuser is a good first step, it must not be viewed as the end of this tragic story. Mr. Akers seems to show little remorse for fate of the animals under his care. His lawyer, Emily Buchanan, has even tried to deflect blame by noting that reports of asbestos contamination at a nearby dump.
Call on prosecutors to take Mr. Akers alleged animal abuse seriously and, if he is responsible, ensure that he is thoroughly punished. The person responsible for the tragic neglect and cruel deaths of so many animals must be made to understand the extent of his wrongdoing.
Dear Prosecutor Sergeant Jim Currell,
The Herald Sun recently reported a chilling scene of animal cruelty. A man, having seen unusual movement, discovered a horse starving in its paddock. When authorities were summoned to investigate, they found 21 dead horses on the property–some of them were even piled together.
The owner of the property and the horses, Bruce Akers, has been charged with 92 counts of animal cruelty. While it is promising that charges have been brought against the alleged abuser and the surviving horses are being re-homed, these should only be the first steps. The Herald Sun reports that, rather than appearing contrite as the charges against him were read out, Mr. Akers appeared “stone-faced.” Moreover, his lawyer has tried to deflect blame by noting that reports of asbestos contamination at a nearby dump.
Please zealously prosecute your case against Mr. Akers to ensure that, if he is found responsible for the deaths of the horses under his care, he understands the suffering that he caused and can never again harm another animal.
[Your Name Here]
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