Man Accused of Killing Dog With Sledgehammer Must be Punished

Target: Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County District Attorney

Goal: Punish man accused of killing a neighbor’s dog by bashing it in the head with a sledgehammer.

A man is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly killing an injured dog with a sledgehammer. The man, 49-year-old Ivan Lawrence, is accused of beating his neighbor’s dog to death after it was hit by a car. According to reports, there were several onlookers to the incident, including a 10-year-old boy who now has nightmares.

Reports say that a neighbor noticed that Beau, a 3-year-old pit bull, had escaped his yard and been hit by a car. The dog had limped back to his owner’s yard, where concerned onlookers gathered. One had planned to take the animal to an emergency veterinary clinic. When she returned to her home to get help carrying the dog, witnesses say that Lawrence emerged from his home carrying a sledgehammer.

Witnesses tried to argue with Lawrence about his apparent intent to euthanize the dog. He then allegedly swung the sledgehammer menacingly toward the witnesses, and when they backed away, delivered a fatal blow to the dog’s skull.

This man seemingly acted with incredible cruelty by denying this dog a the chance at survival that a veterinarian could have given him. Even if the dog couldn’t be saved, it could have been euthanized in a much more humane manner that would not have scarred the dog’s owner as well as young witnesses. Sign below to ask the prosecutor to seek the maximum penalty for this man, if he is found guilty.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Montgomery,

A Phoenix man is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly using a sledgehammer to kill an injured dog. The dog, a 3-year-old pit bull named Beau, had been run over by a car when it limped back into its owner’s yard. When witnesses gathered to try to help it, they say that Ivan Lawrence emerged from his home with a sledgehammer. Per reports, Lawrence then delivered a fatal blow to the dog’s skull, traumatizing a young onlooker.

According to reports, this was completely unnecessary as another neighbor was willing to bring the dog to an emergency vet clinic, where it could have been cared for or humanely euthanized. We, the undersigned, ask that you seek the maximum possible penalty for this man if he is found guilty of animal cruelty.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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34 Comments

  1. Bev Woodburn says:

    This psychopathic degenerate 49-year-old Ivan Lawrence, is accused of beating his neighbor’s dog to death after it was hit by a car. Kill this animal torturing psychopathic monster the same this monster murdered an innocent and defenceless dog named Beau.
    An eye for an eye the saying goes.

  2. Ashley Small says:

    you son of a bitch. I wish you the absolute worst for killing an innocent animal.

  3. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Another worthless piece of sh!t who needs to rot in hell❗️😠
    Signed & Shared😡

  4. Lori Wells says:

    Not only does he need to be charged with aggravated animal cruelty but also cruelty to children by perpetrating the crime in front of the 10 year old and terroristic threats by threatening the neighbors with the sledgehammer. He should also be mandated to participate in therapy. He’s an unbelievably sick individual who simply took this opportunity to use this as an outlet for his depravity.

  5. Candy Niewinski says:

    What a worthless POS I hope Karma follows you the rest if your life…may you rot in hell! RIP sweet Beau, I hope you get the justice you deserve.

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