Charge Man Accused of Binding Dog’s Mouth With Rubber Bands

Target: Joyce E. Dudley, District Attorney for Santa Barbara County, California

Goal: Demand that the man who allegedly bound his dog’s rear legs and muzzle with rubber bands receive the maximum penalty under law.

A dog was reportedly bound with rubber bands and trapped under a heavy box. Firefighters rescued the dog from a house fire, during which he could have died. Demand justice for this innocent dog.

Lompoc firefighters reportedly entered Edward Kyle Joseph Fuentes Vantassel’s home in response to a devastating house fire. When they arrived, Vantassel told them that his dog, Pooh, was inside of his house on the second floor. Firefighters reportedly found Pooh trapped under a heavy box and his rear legs and muzzle were bound with rubber bands.

Pooh was freed and transported to a local veterinarian for treatment. He is expected to fully recover. Vantassel was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. Sign below and demand that Vantassel receive the maximum penalty under law, if convicted.


Dear District Attorney Dudley,

A dog could have died when he was bound with rubber bands and trapped in a house during a fire. Firefighters rescued the dog just in time. We demand justice for this innocent dog.

Firefighters allegedly found Pooh trapped under a heavy box when they entered the fiery home. Reportedly bound at the muzzle and back legs, he stood no chance of saving himself from the dangerous situation. This isn’t the first time that his owner, Vantassel, has been in legal trouble. Per police, Vantassel was found waving an unloaded pistol around on the La Cumbre overpass and was charged with stalking actor Tom Cruise in 2008.

This horrific cruelty cannot go unpunished. We demand that you seek the maximum penalty in this case.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Lompoc Police Department

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  1. I am ready,willing and able to help enact the required death penalty on any animal abuser!

  2. I don’t call them “humans”. I call them subhuman demonic refuse. The scale of pain they inflicted upon an animal that did nothing to deserve it disturbs me to no end. That picture keeps running in my mind since I saw it and makes me livid.

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