Target: Mark Holzman, Chief of Greenville Police
Goal: Praise the police department’s animal control unit for bringing alleged animal abusers to justice.
A horrific case of animal neglect was discovered in North Carolina when Ismel Davis and Yolanda Parker’s pit bulls were found in a state of severe malnourishment, with one of the animals already dead from lack of food and water. One of the dogs would die later as a result of the neglect.
The surviving animals were rushed to a medical care facility where they were found to be infested with parasites and suffering from starvation and dehydration. Following a period of public outcry that brought additional attention to this urgent issue, including a widely circulated petition at ForceChange demanding punishment for the alleged abusers, the criminals were brought to justice by the Greenville Police Department and are currently both serving sentences in jail.
Ismel Davis and Yolanda Parker have been arrested. Each has been charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty and two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Both are now incarcerated at the Pitt County Detention Center, Parker having turned herself in following the filing of charges. Davis was already incarcerated at the time of the warrants’ serving, being held for unrelated charges.
The surviving abused and neglected pit bulls are being rehabilitated by the Greenville Police Department’s animal control unit and are expected to recover and flourish. The police department hopes that a rescue will take the dogs in and find appropriate, loving homes for both of these animals. Commend the Greenville Police Department’s Animal Control Unit for pursuing justice against abusive pet owners and for rehabilitating and caring for two severely abused animals.
Dear Chief Holzman,
Recently, your department investigated a case of animal abuse involving four pit bulls, two of whom died as a result of their owners’ negligence. The public responded with outrage and demanded that the perpetrators receive appropriate punishment for their crimes. Your department ensured that both offenders would pay for their cruel treatment of their former pets.
We, the undersigned, commend the Greenville Police Department for providing swift justice in a sensitive and grave situation. Your department’s serious attention to this devastating case of animal cruelty sends a strong message to others who might consider neglect or abandonment as a method of dealing with pets who have become inconvenient. Thank you for taking a stand against animal abuse.
[Your Name Here]
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