No Leniency for Man Accused of Beating and Slamming Dog Against Ground


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.


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  1. Curious owl says:

    This guy has lots of priors and very unstable mental status. Not just this but a lot of other issues including making 26 phone calls to police in one night due to his delusion.
    Googlw his name.

    • Wendy Waltenberg says:

      If that is true, then this guy should not be allowed to roam the streets freely. He is a menace to society and should be helped, not just for himself but to protect the community in which he lives.
      I would be concerned if he lived close to me and my family, that’s for sure.

  2. This guy should be sent to live with the families of the Iowa legislators who refuse to do anything about changing the laws to protect animals from lowlife scum like this POS. Let’s see how they like having him around and how fast they would finally do something about scum like him!

  3. AnneMarie Ansel says:

    This is not animal neglect, it’s clearly abuse! and Iowa must have a law against it! This abuser needs to spend time in jail and then off to receive much needed psychiatric rehabilitation. When released he needs to be banned from ever owning or being around animals!

  4. Christi-Ane Vanhoutte says:

    We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals-
    Immanual Kant

  5. renate botzler says:

    Best Wishes to you ?
    Special candle for you ?

    Nature treats back now ? Monster
    Take responsibility foryour cruelty
    Live your nightmare now ?
    Higher Justice works now ?
    Feel the pain of your victim
    every minute of your senseless life
    Live your hell ? now
    Higher Justice works now ?

  6. christine warman says:

    Yet another vile creature getting away with animal cruelty,this looks really wonderful to the rest of the world when thet read how negligent these so called courts are letting torturers get away with this.

    Just goes to show the USA is not as wonderful as they like to make out when they cannot control animals thugs.

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