Demand Maximum Penalty for Couple Facing 160 Animal Cruelty Charges

Target: Dothan Chief of Police Steven Parrish

Goal: Ensure the maximum penalty for couple facing over 160 animal cruelty charges.

Police in an Alabama town have charged a couple with more than 160 counts of animal cruelty, after uncovering dozens of animals living in conditions described as deplorable. The two accused have been identified by local media as Le Ngoc Pham and Hoan Cong Nguwen of Dothan, Alabama.

Among the charges are 24 felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and 57 animal abuse misdemeanors, according to jail records obtained by local news broadcaster WTVY. Police have said they rescued numerous animals from the home of the accused, including dogs and exotic birds.

“Investigators worked with Animal Control Officers throughout the night rescuing 65 dogs and 16 exotic birds. These animals were found living in deplorable conditions and were not being properly taken care of,” police said in a statement.

Between one and two thousand cases of animal cruelty are reported each year in the U.S., though most animal rights groups warn this is likely the tip of the iceberg. According to the Human Society of the United States, as many as 1 million animals are abused or killed each year in American homes. However, many of these cases either aren’t reported, or aren’t considered priorities for law enforcement.

If you believe this case of animal cruelty should be taken seriously, please sign our petition demanding justice.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Parrish,

Two Dothan residents, Le Ngoc Pham and Hoan Cong Nguwen, have been accused of more than 160 counts of animal cruelty. This includes 24 felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

Sadly, it’s already clear this could be just a small drop in the much larger, national epidemic of animal cruelty. As many as 1 million animals are abused nationwide each year, according to the Human Society of the United States. Unfortunately, animal rights advocates say the overwhelming majority of abuse cases aren’t taken seriously enough by law enforcement, or simply go completely unreported.

Please don’t allow this case of animal cruelty to be just another statistic, and ensure Alabama law is upheld.

The highest penalty for animal cruelty under Alabama Code § 13A-11- 240 is a fine of $15,000, and/or imprisonment up to 10 years. That penalty also includes costs for care of the animal. Lesser charges, such as the misdemeanors, can still carry penalties of up to a year imprisonment.

We call on Dothan police to rigorously investigate the case of Pham and Nguwen, and pursue the toughest penalties applicable.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Handout / Dothan Police Department

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8 Comments

  1. Rosie Boyd Rosie Boyd says:

    Don’t waste money locking these bastards up, I don’t want my taxes to keep them in the luxury of jail. Jail would be luxurious compared to what their poor animals had to suffer. A bullet between the eyes would be better.

  2. Tony DeLia Tony DeLia says:

    The law is far too weak on animal abusers. This will continue on a nationwide scale if the laws on animal welfare are kept as weak as they are intentionally by agricultural interests on both federal and state levels. Most recent example: the Trump administration’s Department of Agriculture has removed the national online database of animal abuse records. Is that really making America great?

  3. Accuse with proof and then prosecute to the maximum.

  4. ES UNA TERRIBLE DESGRACIA DE VERDAD QUE TENGAMOS QUE VIVIR ESTAS BRUTALIDADES, ES UNA DESGRACIA EL DOLOR Y EL SUFRIMIENTO DE TODOS LOS ANIMALES, EL INFIERNO QUE EL SER HUMANO LES HA HECHO DE FORMA DESMEDIDA, INVASIVA, ATROZ Y FEROZ. URGE PEDIR DE FORMA INCANSABLE A TODOS LOS GOBIERNOS DEL MUNDO FORTALEZCAN LAS LEYES EN PROTECCIÓN DE LOS ANIMALES, NO SÓLO SU BIENESTAR, SU VIDA, SU LIBERTAD Y PROTEGERLOS DEL CRIMEN Y LA TERRIBLE VIOLACIÓN DE LAS LEYES DE ESTA GENTE ENFERMA MENTAL. LA ENFERMEDAD MENTAL NO JUSTIFICA SUS HORRENDOS CRÍMENES!!!!! ALTO A ESTAS ABERRANTES Y BIZARRAS ACCIONES!!!!!

  5. annie vallet says:

    this couple must be put in jail, they deserve it, I’m fed up

  6. kay allan says:

    JAIL IS TO GOOD FOR THESE SICK EVIL BASTARDS, WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO, JUST STARVE THEM TO DEATH REAL SLOW, LEAVE THEM IN THE DARK WITH OUT WATER AND STAND BACK AND ENJOY.

  7. Jail. To good for those two bastards. 2 bullets. Fair.

  8. From their names, the two people accused in this case of animal cruelty seem to be Asian. What were they doing with so many dogs? Were they planning to slaughter them and eat the dog meat? You never know? This case must be investigated very thoroughly for the reason why they had so many dogs and birds? The picture that is shown with this petition looks exactly like the conditions in which dogs on dog meat farms in South Korea and China are kept. Does the picture on this petition come from this case in Dothan, AL?

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