Juveniles Who Admitted to Hanging Stray Dog Must Not Escape Punishment

Target: Jim Gabehart, Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney

Goal: Juveniles who admitted to hanging a stray dog must be harshly punished.

Two juveniles admitted to killing a stray dog by hanging the animal after police say a photo of the horrific incident had been posted on social media. The two unnamed suspects could face animal cruelty charges, but the police seem to be brushing the crime under the rug. In a statement to a news outlet,  Trooper Sergeant Fox says that the suspects said “it was a stray dog who was sickly, and they believed it was going to die.”

This is a pathetic excuse for allegedly gruesomely killing an innocent animal, and the police seem indifferent about it. If authorities don’t press for a serious punishment, animal killers often go unpunished. Allowing these juveniles to escape justice after allegedly committing such a heinous act of animal cruelty would only put more innocent lives at risk in the future. Please add your signature to the petition below to demand that authorities take this seriously and see to it that these people are harshly punished.


Dear Mr. Gabehart,

A couple of juveniles admitted to police that they hanged and killed a stray dog. Police say the juveniles thought that the dog was sickly and they believed it was going to die, but that should be no excuse for their gruesome crime. Additionally, the two posted photos of the horrific scene on social media, as if they were proud of what they’d done.

If authorities allow these juveniles to get away with a gruesome act of animal cruelty, there’s a high possibility that these people will continue to kill innocent creatures. That is why we’re calling on you to ensure that the suspects are harshly punished so that no more innocent animals are killed.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Sarina Riffle says:

    W.Va Code 61-8-19 Cruelty to animals;
    Penalties; exclusions.

    The way I see it these two unlawfully, intentionally, knowingly, even recklessly..
    A. They mistteated a animal in a cruel manner.
    H. Cruelly tether an animal
    2. Any person in violation of subdivision
    1. Is guilty of a misdemeanor, if
    If conviction therof, fine or
    confined or both.
    b. A person who intentionally tortures, mutilates or maliciously kills an animal- is guilty of a felony- upon conviction shall be confined in jail no more than 5 years a fine not less than $1,000 nor more that $5,000.

    They may also be ordered to complete a program of anger management intervention and they are responsible for the cost.
    In addition the court shall prohibit them from possessing, owning or residing with any animals if found guilty of a felony for 15 years.

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