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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Handout / Dothan Police Department