Target: Judge Elizabeth A. Doyle
Goal: Condemn judge who jailed animal rights’ activist for theft after she rescued a dog from abusers
Tammy Grimes is an animal rights activist and founder of Dogs Deserve Better, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing inhumanely chained and penned dogs. Grimes saved a dog named Doogie from a horrendous and abusive situation. He was chained outside in the mud for three straight days, and in video taken just before the time of the rescue, the dog appears unable to walk or even stand. A concerned neighbor felt compelled to report the incident to Grimes after she tried calling the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society for three days with no response.
When Grimes arrived at the scene, she documented the dog’s terrible condition. Doogie had a low body weight and was covered in sores, missing patches of fur, and had terrible back spurs.
The Freedom Township Police Department dispatched an officer to Grimes’ house to retrieve the dog. She was arrested when she refused to return Doogie to his abusive owners or release information about the dog’s whereabouts or who was caring for the animal. The officer informed Grimes that he was not interested in seeing any evidence of animal cruelty from the hands of the owners (even though Grimes had video of the abusive conditions) and was only concerned with returning their “property” to them. After being released on a $50,000 bond, Grimes received a video from the secret caretaker of Doogie, showing the pup healthy-looking and walking with only a little difficulty after only one week of being treated properly.
For her service to this helpless animal, Grimes was convicted of theft, criminal mischief, criminal trespassing, and receiving stolen property. She was sentenced to over a year’s worth of punishment. For perspective, that’s more punishment than most animal killers and abusers receive, and notably Doogie’s owners were never charged with any offense. The dog was deemed property, and could be treated as such legally. Please sign this petition to condemn the judge for her ruling against Tammy Grimes and to demand animals be treated with care and respect.
Dear Judge Elizabeth A. Doyle,
Your ruling against Tammy Grimes in the case over the abused dog named Doogie was simply cruel and unusual punishment against an animal rights activist. It was unjust and unconstitutional, particularly the provision against Tammy Grimes speaking out about the incident on her blog or web site. It is telling that you had to be asked to recuse yourself because of your personal bias against Tammy Grimes.
Most importantly, you have punished Doogie’s rescuer and not his neglectful, abusive former owners. You should be ashamed of yourself for failing to support our most helpless and vulnerable creatures and instead allowing animal abusers get away with their cruelty, regardless of your personal opinion of the activist herself.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Jakub Halun via Wikimedia Commons