Target: Chief of Police Melanie Bevan
Goal: Punish man for allegedly beating girlfriend’s dog and breaking the animal’s nose.
Anthony Kidd was arrested in Bradenton after allegedly beating his girlfriend’s dog named Prince, causing a swollen eye, a fracture in the nose, nasal bleeding and a broken tooth. His bail was posted at $1,500 and Kidd faces felony charge of animal cruelty, though the investigation is still underway.
At his first attendance hearing, Kidd claimed that hurting the dog was an accident. Supposedly he saw his child eating the dog’s poop and “threw the dog outside.” According to him, he didn’t know any injuries were incurred. The dog’s owner was out of the house at the time and said she returned home, saw Prince in her bathroom and went to bed. She was unaware something was wrong until her daughter woke her up saying Prince was bleeding.
Prince was taken to the vet twice, the second time by a Detective Cox who was concerned that Prince was abused. The vet determined Prince’s injuries to be the result of blunt force trauma, such as “being hit with force or kicked.”
Bradenton officers are working together with the county animal services on the case against Kidd. However, many animal cruelty cases end poorly in court due to poor investigations. Much of this is because officers and animal services simply aren’t properly trained to handle these sorts of cases. Please sign and urge Bradenton police to do their utmost to see this man put behind bars where he belongs.
Dear Chief Bevan,
Animals often become victims of violent individuals, and the recent case with a doberman named Prince is no different. Anthony Kidd was arrested under charges of animal cruelty after his girlfriend’s dog was taken to the vet with a swollen eye, broken tooth, and a fractured and bleeding nose. Kidd claims it was an “accident” and that he didn’t realize Prince was hurt as he was.
Sadly, many cases like Prince’s end without proper prosecution due to poor investigations. However, in this instance it is more hopeful that the perpetrator will face the time he deserves. With Bradenton officers working with animal services, I am sure there will be plenty of evidence to support conviction. Still, there is always the chance for Kidd to walk free and turn his temper on Prince, another animal, or even his family.
Don’t allow this individual to walk free with such ridiculous justifications. Please ensure he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Bradenton Police Department