Target: Janet Lyness, Johnson County Attorney
Goal: Demand the maximum penalty for a man accused of beating his dog and repeatedly slammed it against the ground.
An Iowa City man aggressively beat his dog and repeatedly slammed it against the ground, witnesses state. Unfortunately, Iowa’s animal cruelty laws are among the weakest in the country and abusers tend to receive minimal punishments. In this case, the accused has been charged with animal neglect, a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a possible fine of no more than $625. Demand justice for this innocent dog by severely punishing the abuser, if found guilty.
A video of the attack shows the dog lying on ground while its owner strikes it several times. The unprovoked attack started when John David Fredericks purportedly grabbed his dog by the collar and slammed it onto the ground.
Iowa City police responded and arrested Fredericks on charges of animal neglect. The dog’s condition is unclear at this time. Sign below and demand the maximum penalty in this case.
Dear County Attorney Lyness,
A dog suffered when its owner reportedly beat it and slammed it against the ground. The attack alerted witnesses, who recorded a video showing the purported abuse. We demand that you seek the maximum penalty in this case.
The video showed John David Fredericks appearing to severely beat his dog. The dog laid on the ground, completely still and clearly not a threat to Fredericks during the attack. Fredericks was arrested and charged with animal neglect, but could face only a few days in jail and a small fine if convicted.
Iowa’s animal welfare laws are among the worst in the nation. We demand that you recommend the maximum penalty possible in this case and take a stand against animal abuse.
[Your Name Here]
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