Target: James Whitman
Goal: Admonish cruel murder of innocent dog who was beaten to death with a flashlight
When Sarah Whitman entered her home on a cool September afternoon, she wasn’t expecting to see her dog, whom she raised since it was a puppy, bludgeoned to death by her own brother. The self-professed animal lover and caring pet owner recently put her white terrier, named Irvina, to rest following her brother James Whitman’s, harrowing act of senseless violence.
James Whitman, 29, of Bethel, Alaska has prompted outrage among animal activists, veterinarians and animal rescue groups alike since details of the tragedy surfaced. After a day of drinking, police reports detail that Whitman’s sister removed her children from the home, which the two share, and went to work at a local hotel. Upon returning to the residence, she heard multiple thuds coming from inside and put her children back into the car while she went to investigate. Sarah, who is the owner of three dogs including Irvina’s mother and another canine named Katarina, walked in on her brother James violently striking Irvina with a flashlight.
Sarah’s white terrier was airlifted to get emergency treatment in Anchorage, where she was pronounced dead upon arrival. While it is unclear why James attacked the terrier, authorities believe that alcohol played an important part in the case. Bethel, Alaska is a community with no approved liquor permits and while individuals can possess alcohol, it can’t be bought or sold, leading to much abuse of the substance amongst residents. Substance abuse aside, the atrocious crime earned James a felony charge. He is currently awaiting trial.
Unfortunately, animal cruelty is quite rampant in the rural community, with stories of neglect, from starvation to slit throats and even hangings, appearing in the local papers all the time. However, the fatal beating of innocent Irvina has sent shockwaves throughout the district, motivating animal activist groups to urge police to pursue a criminal case with an unflinching vengeance. With Bethel’s courts flooded with more pressing issues like child abuse and domestic violence, James, surprisingly, has the opportunity to walk free.
No animal deserves to be subjected to such cruelty at the hands of a truly monstrous human being. Sign the petition below to reprimand James Whitman for this unthinkable act of callousness.
Dear James Whitman,
It has recently come to my attention that you are responsible for murdering an innocent dog for no reason at all. As a supporter and advocate for animal rights, I am thoroughly disgusted with your drunken decision to club your sister’s dog to death with a flashlight. You have offered no reason, no apology, and showed no remorse for your actions either.
Your sister Sarah Whitman, who has raised Irvina since she was a puppy, will forever mourn the loss of her canine best friend. If you are capable of acting out against a harmless pup, then there’s no telling what you’d do to Bethel’s greater population. I am confident that once your case goes to trial, and a jury hears of the horrible pain and suffering you’ve inflicted upon Irvina, that you will be severely punished for your senseless act of violence.
No animal deserves to be assassinated in such an inhumane way. While your actions are truly unforgivable, I urge you to apologize to your sister for the grief that your thoughtless cruelty has caused her.
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