Target: Fred Fletcher, Chattanooga, TN Police Chief
Goal: Charge boy for allegedly stabbing puppy in the face, and implement new measures to halt the growing problem of youth abusing animals.
A boy reportedly stabbed a puppy multiple times in the eye and face with a pocketknife. Authorities say that the poor puppy ran away and wound up at the home of a neighbor who called police. The furry victim had to undergo emergency surgery but still lost the eye that was stabbed. The puppy is now staying at the Humane Educational Society while he recovers.
The stabbing occurred less than a year after another youth from the same county reportedly stomped a racoon to death. The poor animal’s violent murder, committed by a high school student, was filmed on SnapChat, according to police. Investigators for the stabbed puppy are considering whether to file charges against the 10-year-old boy, according to outlets. There’s a possibility that this boy, who’s old enough to know better than to stab animals, won’t face any repercussions.
How many more innocent animals have to become victims of violence and murder before something is done? This problem requires immediate action. These savage acts of animal cruelty cannot go unpunished just because the abuser is underage. Decades of research on the subject shows that animal abuse is often a predictor of other violent acts. Ignoring the source of the problem only increases the victim count and fails the kids who could be taught better skills to handle problems than resorting to abuse. Children who are so damaged that they stab and stomp innocent animals will carry the behavior into adulthood. At that point even more innocent beings will be killed, along with any hope of changing the abuser.
If handing out pamphlets by PETA is the only course of action, then murdered animals and destroyed youth will become the normal. Prevention-oriented education, while important for prevention, will not suffice as a solution. It is critical that serious consequences, intervention, and tools that focus on changing the behavior of children who abuse animals are implemented. Sign this petition to demand that the boy face animal cruelty charges and that authorities implement measures to stop the abuse from continuing.
Dear Chief Fletcher,
A young boy allegedly stabbed his family’s puppy in the face multiple times with a pocketknife, causing the poor animal to require emergency surgery. This incident is reminiscent of the case where a high school student reportedly stomped a racoon to death and filmed it. Both occurred in the same county and the abusers were underage. Clearly this issue requires immediate action.
Extreme animal cruelty such as this is an indicator of a child who needs serious intervention. It’s an undeniable fact that animal abusers are a risk to everyone around them. With so many lives in danger, this is no longer an issue to write off in hopes that the parents can stop it. It’s a public concern. Authorities need to start incorporating appropriate repercussions for the growing problem of animal cruelty committed by underage people.
If extensive measures aren’t taken, these preventable tragedies will increase. As part of your mission to protect the citizens of Tennessee, we urge you to ensure that animal cruelty charges are filed and the abuser is held responsible for his actions, if he is found guilty. Please also consider implementing other measures to halt or decrease this critical issue from continuing to occur.
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