Justice for Veteran’s Murdered Animals


Target: Gary Borders, Sheriff Lake County, Florida

Goal: Find and punish two men responsible for injuring and slaughtering dozens of animals.

Four times this year, Florida veteran Josh Curtis has found his animals mutilated and murdered at his home. Most recently, two young men were caught on camera leaving his property. In total, they have killed dozens of chickens, 12 goats, and shot pigs and a dog. The goats have been stabbed repeatedly, and some of the chickens have even been decapitated.

For some, this may seem like just the killing of farm animals, but for Curtis these animals are much more than that. After returning home from the military, he’s been using the animals as therapy animals to make his transition back to civilian life easier. The two young men responsible have yet to be found or identified.

The crimes committed against Josh Curtis and his animals are horrendous. No person, especially one who has served our country, deserves to have animals shot and slaughtered at their home. These two men need to be brought to justice for their actions. Please sign this petition to support the finding of these criminals and bring them to justice for the murder of dozens of animals.


Dear Sheriff Borders,

Throughout the last year, a member of your community has had animals murdered and injured at his home four times. These are not just crimes against Josh Curtis, the owner of the animals, but crimes against the animals themselves, and those responsible need to be brought to justice.

The absence of the animals is not an issue of livelihood for the family, but an issue of survival for Curtis. These were not only pets but therapy animals, helping him after his return home from serving our county. Please do everything in your power as sheriff to find the two men suspected of committing this cruelty, and hold them responsible for their horrendous crimes against the Curtis family and his beloved animals.


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  1. America needs to wake up this type of thing is absolutely horrid. The punishment that is given in many cases is like a slap on the hand. The abuse that goes on in the world today is far worse then it has been in the past. These sick sub humans to be locked up for life either in prison or a mental institution. It breaks my heart every single time I read and sign one of these. God Bless the animals.

    • Pam Burridge says:

      I agree. To maim or kill or torture an animal is no steps from doing it to a helpless human. Im for felony sentences for this with required psychriatic evaluation. It will cut down on finding them after they’ve killed a human.

  2. michelle taylor says:

    I am ready,willing and able to help enact the required death penalty of these bastards.Death by decapiatation.OH YES!!!!!!!!!

  3. michelle taylor says:

    I am ready,willing and able to help enact the required death penalty of these bastards.Death by decapitation.OH YES!!!!!!!!!

  4. renate botzler says:

    Nature treats back now ? Monsters
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Live your hell ? now
    Higher Justice works now ?
    You never treat an animal again ?

  5. Sounds like those animal abusing criminals have something against veterans who have served this country … bet they are losers at any law enforcement dept they have tried to get in with – and psychopaths to boot!! Don’t even try them in a court – if the folks around there know who they are, just lie in wait for them and give them as good as they gave, no one will cry for them!!

  6. Cynthia Mattera says:

    Again, brutal crimes against helpless, innocent animals needs to be taken more seriously! This crime should be a felony! What these men did was enter tis mans property illegally, brutally tortured and killed his pets, and I am sure are doing the same thing to other people. Who knows, they may next turn and do the same thing to a human being. PLEASE find these men and charge them with a FELONY!!!!! Poor man who owned these animals has been through enough!


  8. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    My hearts aches for this man, and these poor animals!
    Baha’i Writings ~ “To the blessed animals, however, the utmost kindness should be exercised: the more the better it will be. Man is generally sinful and the animal is innocent”
    Hadith No. 557 ~ ”O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals? He replied: Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate (living being).”
    Proverbs 12.10 ~ A righteous man has regard for the life of his animals.
    Psalm 34:16 ~ The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them (creatures) from the earth. For God created all the animals.
    Psalm 50:10 ~God cares for the animals. “Jesus said: ‘are not the five sparrows sold for two copper coins and not one of them is forgotten before God’.”
    Psalm 104 ~ All animals belong to God.
    Mahatma Gandhi ~ “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    Buddha ~ “It is more important to prevent animal suffering, rather than sit to contemplate the evils of the universe praying in the company of priests.”

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