Target: Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan
Goal: Strengthen animal protection laws by increasing punishments for cruelty and neglect.
A dog was recently found malnourished and unable to walk by animal control officers, who received a tip from a concerned citizen. The dog, a black Labrador Retriever, was so emaciated that its bones were visible. Authorities, who found the dog confined to a urine and feces-encrusted crate, immediately removed the dog from the home. Animal control officers say that the dog was confined for so long that it lost the ability to walk.
This degree of starvation and malnutrition suggests ongoing neglect of basic needs, while the shocking results of ongoing confinement show deliberate and barbaric cruelty. Fortunately, the animal is being cared for in a foster home and its condition is improving, though it is unknown whether it will regain its ability to walk.
While the owner has been arrested and charged, it will only be a misdemeanor. Under Michigan law, animal abusers are only likely to be charged with felonies if four or more animals were harmed. The best way to bring justice to this dog is to advocate for harsher animal cruelty laws so that abusers like these cannot get off with a slap on the wrist. Sign the petition below to demand that animal protection laws are amended in order to properly punish deliberately cruel offenders such as these.
Dear Governor Snyder,
A Flint man was recently arrested after a severely emaciated dog was found in his home. The malnourished black Lab had been confined to a squalid crate for so long that it lost the ability to walk, according to authorities. This abuse demonstrates intentional and drawn-out cruelty.
While the owner has been charged, it is likely he will get off with a slap on the wrist due to lax animal protection laws in Michigan. As it currently stands, animal abusers are unlikely to be charged with a felony unless they harm four or more animals.
In order to bring justice to this dog and ensure that egregious cruelty like this is properly punished, animal protection laws must be strengthened. This includes increasing both authorities’ ability to prosecute as well as the possible consequences for animal abuse. We, the undersigned, ask that you work to ensure that the animals of Michigan are properly protected from cruelty.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Robert J. Pickell