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.


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.


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  1. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    This ‘loosely termed’ human needs to be punished to the hilt. It was not his dog and was not his decision how it was to be treated! God bless that young child. Condolences to the family.
    Baha’i Writings ~ “To the blessed animals, however, the utmost kindness should be exercised: the more the better it will be. Man is generally sinful and the animal is innocent. Educate the children in their infancy in such a way that they may become exceedingly kind and merciful to the animals… The universe of God is a wonderful theatre upon the stage of which every created thing plays its part.”
    Hadith No. 557 ~ ”O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals? He replied: Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate.”
    Proverbs 12.10 ~ A righteous man has regard for the life of his animals.
    Psalm 34:16 ~ The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. God created all the animals
    Psalm 50:10 ~God cares for the animals. “Jesus said: ‘are not the five sparrows sold for two copper coins and not one of them is forgotten before God.
    Psalm 104 ~ All animals belong to God.
    The Bible repeatedly affirms that all creation participates in the praise of God, and each living thing has a part in God’s great purposes.
    Mahatma Gandhi ~ “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    Buddha ~ “It is more important to prevent animal suffering, rather than sit to contemplate the evils of the universe praying in the company of priests.”
    Pythagoras ~ “For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”

  2. Remove that piece of shit from earth. Erase it.

  3. So all these onlookers couldn’t take down one man?

  4. Remy Hadgett says:

    Is there a way we could possibly euthanise this “human?” He doesn’t deserve to live. At All.

  5. Nancy Boyd says:

    Jail time is to good for thia POS…give him a sledge hammer to the head!!!

  6. Wendy Morrison says:

    Use a sledgehammer on this stupid idiot just as he did tothis innocent injured pit bull.

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