Target: Mark Sorsacia, Putnam County Prosecutor
Goal: Seek criminal charges for woman who allegedly adopted a dog, then had her neighbor shoot and kill him.
A woman reportedly adopted a dog from a shelter, only to have the poor animal killed. According to the shelter staff, Amie Bowling had signed a contract agreeing to return the dog, named Bernie, if any problems were to arise. Instead, she allegedly had her neighbor shoot and kill him.
When asked about the incident, neighbor Sam Rife said that he took poor little Bernie into the woods in his backyard and shot him. Rife claimed that the dog was mean and had bitten Bowling’s boys as well as himself, but another neighbor says Bernie, who often played with her granddaughter, was gentle. The little dog apparently fled to her house for food and to escape from cruelty, she said, adding that she’d witnessed the owner and her boyfriend hitting their animals. The director of the animal shelter says “Bernie was a little defenseless, sweet, fun-loving dog. Just four days before this happened, we were told that everything was going great.”
Police conducted an “investigation,” where they only interviewed the owner and neighbor who shot the dog. They then determined the dog was a vicious biter and turned the case over to the prosecuting attorney. Considering the comments coming forward from other neighbors and the shelter, it seems that police should have conducted a more thorough investigation. The fact that the owners failed to communicate with the shelter is suspicious, and no matter the situation leading up to his death, this dog should not have been killed by his owners in this way. Please add your signature to the petition below to urge the prosecuting attorney to see to it that these people face criminal charges, if guilty.
Dear Mr. Sorsacia,
A small dog was reportedly adopted from an animal shelter only to later be shot and killed. The owner had signed a contract agreeing to bring the dog back if any problem occurred, but instead, she allegedly had her neighbor kill the animal. The neighbor claims that the dog was a vicious biter, but multiple others say he was kind, gentle, and friendly. One of the owners’ neighbors reportedly witnessed the owners abusing the dog.
Unfortunately, police may not have gleaned all of this information during their investigation, as they only interviewed the owner and the dog’s killer. They concluded that the dog was vicious. It seems likely that this dog was the real victim, and he deserves justice. We’re calling on you to see to it that these people face criminal charges if guilty of killing an innocent, harmless dog.
[Your Name Here]
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