Dog With Mouth Allegedly Duct-Taped Shut Deserves Justice

Target: Christian Champagne, District Attorney for La Plata County, Colorado

Goal: Demand that the man who allegedly duct-taped a dog’s mouth shut receive the maximum penalty under law.

A dog was allegedly left alone in a hot car with his mouth duct-taped shut. The dog’s owner claimed that he taped the dog’s mouth shut to prevent him from eating dangerous substances and attacking people. Demand justice for this innocent dog.

Witnesses reportedly noticed Appa, a 9-month-old male Belgian Malinois, locked inside of a car with his mouth duct-taped shut. Disturbing photos taken by a witness reportedly showed Appa lying on his side and appearing to be asleep. The temperature outside had reached 89 degrees and, without the ability to pant, Appa could have overheated and died.

Thomas D. Ethridge was charged with cruelty to animals. Appa remains in Ethridge’s custody. Sign below and demand that Appa be removed from Ethridge’s custody and that Ethridge receive the maximum penalty under law, if convicted.


Dear District Attorney Champagne,

A dog could have died when he was allegedly left alone in a hot car with his mouth duct-taped shut. The temperature outside reached 89 degrees. We demand justice for this poor dog.

“We told him it was inappropriate, and he didn’t seem to be interested in our opinion of how he was treating his dog,” stated Betty Dorr, the mother of the boy who found Appa. She called 911 after the dog’s owner, Thomas D. Ethridge, allegedly retrieved Appa from the car and left the scene. Ethridge reportedly kept Appa for his own protection and began taping the dog’s mouth shut to prevent him from attacking people and eating dangerous substances inside of the car.

This horrific abuse must be punished. We demand that you remove Appa from this unsafe environment and seek the maximum penalty in this case.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Hyunwoo Jung

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  2. Could have give the beautiful puppy to the shelter or just let him go….dog will eat dangerous substances in car??/…dog will attack people in car??…HOW ABOUT A MUZZLE SCUM BAG…YOUR EXCUSES WILL NOT SAVE YOU …HOPE YOU GET MURDERED IN JAIL…KARMA… ..IF NOT YOUR DAYS AND NIGHTS BE FULL OF GUILT AND NIGHTMARES….THAT’S RIGHT HELL AWAITS YOU.

  3. How is it that this innocent dog is still in the custody of Ethridge?! It is doubtful that this dog is a danger to others – if he does attack people it’s a sure bet it is out of fear because of the way he has been abused. He needs to be taken from Ethridge and placed with someone who has the patience to work with him. The authorities who gave the dog back are just as bad as the owner! Shame on you!!

  4. Cynthia Mattera says:

    That poor dogs lives every day with his mouth duck taped shut? Please go and remove Eppa from his abusive owner!!!! This is sick!

  5. Diane Hoyle says:

    Remove this poor dog from this scumbag. I would let the general public duct ape this bastards mouth and leave him in a car on a hot day. Why have animals if you are going to treat them like this.

  6. Every heap of shit has more right to live than this goddamn bitch
    Sadistic vile cunt
    scum of the earth

  7. Carol Brandt says:

    Please try to find pictures of these abusers. I would really like to see their faces, look into their eyes and see the hatred Within. The eyes are the windows to the souls. It might also come in handy for someone who passes them on the street to mete out his own justice.

  8. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Christian – I can’t believe this guy still has custody of his dog. This clearly is an act of attempted murder and as long as this dog remains with his owner, his life is in grave danger. Please prosecute this guy to the fullest extent allowed by law. Slaps on the wrist for animal cruelty and murder no longer cut it…

  9. Vanessa Romero says:

    This bastard needs to rot in hell!

  10. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Are u fckn kidding me❓😠
    How I’d love to tape his mouth shut & lock him in a hot car with no way to get out❗️😒
    Signed & shared 😡

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