Target: Pennsylvania Pike County Judge Joseph Kameen
Goal: Condemn a recent ruling allowing a man convicted of torturing a dog to own animals
In February 2013, Russell Seese used duct tape to bind the legs and mouth of Lexi, his female Labrador-pit bull mix, stuck her in a dirty chicken coop without food or water, and left her to die. Lexi was rescued and Mr. Seese was convicted of animal cruelty and sentenced to jail time and a fine, but a request by prosecuting attorneys to ban Mr. Seese from owning animals for 2 years was denied by the Judge. Condemn this wrong-headed ruling to let a known abuser own another animal.
Defense attorneys argued that Mr. Seese had no previous pattern of animal abuse, so preventing him from owning animals for the next 2 years was an overreach, and the judge in this case unfortunately agreed. The type of extensive and depraved abuse perpetrated by Mr. Seese doesn’t just happen, and a person who can torture a dog in that manner is likely to do it again.
A 2 year ban would have been the least the judge could do to protect other animals from abuse by Mr. Seese. Condemn this horrible decision to allow a dog torturer to own animals.
Dear Judge Kameen,
You recently decided to allow Russell Seese, a convicted animal abuser, to own animals without any delays, safeguards, or psychiatric counseling to ensure the safety of those animals. Mr. Seese took a female Labrador-pit mix in his care, bound her legs and mouth with duct tape, stuck her in a chicken coop without food or water, and left her for dead. This type of depraved animal torture is not something that normal people do, does not happen by accident, and the likelihood of Mr. Seese doing it again is high.
Studies have shown high correlations between people who abuse animals and domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual abuse. The F.B.I. uses animal abuse as one of the key indicators of future violent behavior. Some forms of abuse, like hoarding, have a nearly 100% rate of recidivism. Men who abuse their spouses are 10 times more likely to have abused or killed a pet than men who are not violent towards women.
The type of sick and deliberate torture Mr. Seese inflicted on his dog Lexi should serve as a red flag. As the judge on the case, you could have ensured that defenseless animals were not left in the care of this man. Your ruling to let him immediately obtain more animals was misguided and may lead to the painful torture and death of additional animals at the hands of Mr. Seese.
If another case like this comes before your bench, please consider the high likelihood of future animal abuse and choose to keep animals out of the hands of depraved abusers.
[Your Name Here]
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