Target: Governor Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of Indiana
Goal: Require stricter punishments for animal abuse offenders in Indiana.
An Indiana teen allegedly brutally injured a cat and faces up to just three and a half years in jail. Noah Riley confessed to kidnapping and tying up a cat that he then reportedly poured gasoline over and set on fire. The 19-year-old was charged with two counts of animal cruelty but animal rights activists in Montgomery County don’t believe the pending punishment is enough.
Noah’s victim was named Phoenix because she initially survived the abuse, though she has since passed away. The teen said he made his decision to harm the cat after seeing posts about her on social media. Three years and some fees is not an adequate punishment for an act so heinous. Noah deserves more time in jail for his alleged crimes, but the law won’t allow it. In addition to adding more time to sentences, Indiana should also make those who abuse animals put their names on a registry and ban them from working with or owning an animal ever again. Demand that Indiana lawmakers pass stricter animal cruelty legislation.
Dear Governor Holcomb,
Recent news of a cat, Phoenix, that was burned to death in Montgomery County has sparked renewed interest in stronger protections for the rights of animals. The 19-year-old who allegedly committed the abuse only faces up to three and a half years in jail on top of thousands of dollars of fees. Acts as immoral as this must receive a greater punishment in order to dissuade abusers.
Law should mandate that the man who set fire to Phoenix receive a harsher punishment, and all animal abuse offenders should be required to place their names on a registry and be banned from owning or working with animals ever again. I demand that you work to pass stricter animal cruelty laws in Indiana.
[Your Name Here]
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