Target: U.S. Department of Justice
Goal: Secure the maximum punishment for animal abusers convicted of throwing dogs in dumpsters
A kennel attendant at a Long Island, New York animal shelter was recently arrested on animal abuse and abandonment charges after allegedly throwing a dog into a dumpster and leaving it for dead. According to local police, the man was asked by an acquaintance to bring two dogs to the shelter where he worked. Instead, he reportedly abandoned the first dog on the street. The second dog was found wrapped in a plastic bag that was placed inside of a cardboard box and then thrown into a gas station dumpster.
Sadly, this is not the first time that an animal has been thrown away. Last fall, Peaches, a senior Beagle, was left in a trash bin outside of a Michigan animal shelter–despite the fact that the shelter’s drop-off pens were all available. Peaches survived her terrifying night in the dumpster, enduring below freezing temperatures, and was discovered by the shelter director the following morning. Unfortunately, the party responsible for Peaches’ mistreatment has not yet been found.
Animal abusers cannot continue to get away with this heartless behavior. Let the U.S. Department of Justice know that these abusive actions will not be tolerated and urge government officials to do their part to ensure that animal abusers receive the maximum sentence for their heinous crimes.
Dear U.S. Department of Justice,
Every year millions of dogs are beaten and abandoned, many of them thrown into dumpsters and left to die. While I appreciate the work the U.S. Government has done to increase the number of states with first-offense felony provisions in regards to aggravated animal cruelty and companion animal cruelty, in order to further decrease abuse the government must establish cruelty to animals as a first-offense felony.
By enforcing maximum sentences for those convicted of animal abuse, you can help prevent defenseless dogs from being abandoned in dumpsters where they will most likely die a cruel, slow death as a result of dehydration, starvation or suffocation.
I implore you to do whatever you can to help ensure that animal abusers are penalized to the full extent of the law. We simply cannot allow individuals who abandon and abuse defenseless animals to continue to escape the courts with little or no penalty.
[Your Name Here]
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