Justice for Dog Crippled Due to Neglect

dog via Robert J Pickell

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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Robert J. Pickell

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30 Comments

  1. Nancy Dunlap says:

    Dear Governor Rick Snider,

    I beg you to do the right thing and make animal cruelty a felony with a minimum of one year in prison on the first felony conviction.
    Many animal abusers also go on to abuse and murder people. We need to stop them before it is too late!

  2. This punishment is a joke! This individual needs to endure just as much, actually more, pain and suffering that he bestowed upon this poor, innocent dog! Please do your part to bring justice and make an example out of the owner letting others know Michigan will not tolerate animal abuse. Thank you.

  3. Teresa DePaula says:

    This Evil Sick Man has sold his SOUL TO THE DEVIL! He will not only continue to abuse animals, but he will or probably has already harmed a child! This man deserves only death and at the VERY LEAST FINED $100,000.00 to be given to a Shelter and HIS NAME should be released as Someone who can never own a pet. There should be a list of EVIL horrendous people like this THAT ARE BANNED FROM OWNING OR WORKING AROUND ANIMALS!!

  4. Kathie Jones says:

    Four dogs before Animal Abuse is a Felony??? You are sending psychopaths back to abuse more animals. Their cries, their injuries,their blood is on your hands Governor Snyder. This cycle must STOP! Please be a man & stand up to the bullies, the psychopaths before they escalate their sick and violent acts further into society.

  5. kay allan says:

    WELL AT LEAST THEY KNOW WHO IS THE PERSON COMMITTING THE EVIL VILE CRUELTY, SO THERE IS KNOW REASON WHY HE SHOULD GET AWAY WITH IT, PLEASE MAKE HIM PAY, I KNOW YOU CANNOT DO IT THE WAY IT SHOULD BE DONE, BUT MAKE HIM PAY.

  6. I say we break this guys spine so he can spend the rest of his life sitting in a wheel-chair wetting on himself. Sounds about right ?

  7. Karen Tipping says:

    THE WORLD IS A CESSPIT OF CRUELTY AND ITS GETTING WORSE, I HOPE THE SCUM RESPONSIBLE GETS WHAT HE DESERVES, JUST IMAGINE THAT POOR LOVING DOGS AGONY.

    “I HOLD THE MORE HELPLESS A CREATURE, THE MORE ENTITLED IT IS
    TO PROTECTION BY MAN, FROM THE CRUELTY OF MAN”

    Mahatma Gandhi

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