Puppy Beaten With Board and Dragged Deserves Justice

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Target: Syracuse City Court Judge Derrek Thomas

Goal: Demand prison time for man accused of dragging and beating a dog.

A man in Syracuse, NY has been accused of abusing a puppy, but might get off with nothing more than probation. The man, Steven Bryant, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty by Syacuse police after a tip off from a witness. According to the police, the witness called authorities after seeing Bryant dragging a puppy down the street on a leash. The puppy couldn’t keep up, and allegedly ended up being dragged on its stomach along the pavement. All this happened after the witness claimed Bryant hit the small dog with a board.

Afterwards, police said they found the dog suffering from “road rash.” Footage of the incident has also been released, and appears to add credence to the witness’s allegations. In the grainy surveillance footage, the puppy can indeed by seen struggling to keep up with Bryant’s pace, and falls numerous times. Bryant has already pleaded guilty to animal abuse in exchange for three years of probation. However, animal rights advocates argue this is little more than a slap on the wrist.

“He abused this dog over, and over, and over again,” animal advocate Stefanie Heath Higgins told broadcaster LocalSYR. “It was a horrendous, horrendous piece of abuse,” she said. If you agree Bryant should face jail time, please sign our petition.


Dear Judge Derrek Thomas,

As the presiding judge in a case of alleged animal abuse, we urge you to enforce the maximum penalty available under NY law against Steven Bryant. Bryant has been accused of dragging and beating a puppy, leaving the animal injured, and suffering from what police described as “road rash.” Bryant himself has plead guilty in exchange for probation, but animal rights advocates say this isn’t enough.

All too often, animal abuse cases simply aren’t prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Indeed, in NY animal abuse misdemeanors can carry a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment and/or a fine of $1000. Even the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office says Bryant should face jail time, and is pushing for a penalty of 10 months behind bars.

Indeed, the footage of Bryant dragging the poor puppy is shocking enough, but what’s more shocking is the prospect of him getting off with nothing more than probation. Therefore, if found guilty, we urge you to prosecute Bryant to the fullest extent of the law, and put him behind bars. This will send a strong message that animal abuse isn’t welcome in Syracuse.


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  1. This Sicko Should Go Down For Life And Some People Who Don’t Live In The UK Don’t Deserve To Own Pets & Should Have Them Taken Away To Safer Places For Example Animal Shelters Because All The Innocent Animals Would Be Safer and looked After Properly

    • Caroline Burton says:

      Er…. I agree that animals should be taken away from cowardly abusers, but “some people who don’t live in the UK don’t deserve to own pets” is a bit one-eyed. There are horrendous cases of animal cruelty in the UK and this has always been the case, so while not excusing what happens in other countries, I think you should open your eyes to what is going on around you in the UK. Laws everywhere are weak when it comes to animal abuse and some of the worst abuses happen within those laws, such as vivisection, farm animals, entertainment, etc. Sadly, we still think humans are more important than any other species, despite the fact that we are the only species that behaves so badly towards animals and the environment.

      • sal chance says:

        Yes you are so right cruelty in the UK is horrendous I get things through every day on my computer re cruelty I am with lots of animal organisations and am an animal rights supporter. This scum who did this should have the same done to him. The laws need to be changed and made much stronger re scum like this. I have been in touch with my MP loads of times.

  2. This scumbag moron should be tied to a truck and dragged down a street – after first being hit with a SHOVEL. What a despicable thing to do to ANY ANIMAL. He definitely deserves jail time.

  3. My hope is that this person will never again be allowed to own any living creature.

  4. Stella Waldvogel says:

    It doesn’t matter if the puppy was “struggling to keep up” or not. I wouldn’t blame the puppy if it was hanging back and refusing to go another step.
    You do NOT yank any creature up like that. You do NOT drag them, and you do NOT strike them.
    This mentality is the death of not only animals, but people. Does he have access to children? What happens when they can’t walk fast enough, or have a mind of their own?
    Put him UNDER the jail. Forever would not be too long.

  5. Marla Brocking says:

    This is disgusting and unacceptable. Would you allow a human to be treated this way? Be a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Put an end to animal abuse by enforcing harsher punishments. THIS SUBHUMAN needs to be held responsible for his cruel behavior. Please use your authority for the well being of animals and in the fight to end animal abuse. Thank you.

  6. Molly Davisson says:

    I’m concerned that he has another dog. I am hoping that both dogs will be re-homed and he should not be allowed to have pets.

    I also think he should serve 2-3 years jail time. Hopefully someone will drag him down the street. Ass!!

  7. Marilyn Glasgow says:

    A few big strong men need to tie this freak to a leash and drag him until he begs for mercy, being the coward he is. As for the courts, in their eyes, animals are of no concern 99% of the time.

  8. Pattie Wolf says:

    he is one sick person, and should never never be allowed to own a dog again, and he should face jail time. Next time my be a child or woman

  9. renate botzler says:

    You never treat an animal again bastard
    Take responsibility for your cruelty

    ROTTEN IN HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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