Owners Who Cruelly Forced Dog to Drag Weights Must be Punished

Target: Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence O’Toole, Acting Police Commissioner of St. Louis, Missouri Police Department

Goal: Charge couple seen forcing their small dog to walk with heavy weights attached to his feet with cruelty to animals.

A couple reportedly forced their small dog to drag heavy weights during one of his walks. According to the witness, Kathy Venegoni, who photographed the incident, the small dog was dragging about 25 pounds of weights on his feet. Venegoni says that the dog was struggling as the heavy weights were getting stuck in the cracks of the sidewalk. “He kept trying to pull and they wouldn’t help him get past the large cracks,” Venegoni said. When she confronted the couple, they told her, “We are training animals. This is how we train animals.”

This is a clear case of animal cruelty. Unfortunately, the state’s animal protection law allows “the training of dogs or use of equipment in training dogs.” It’s disgusting that the law would allow people to force their dog to carry heavy weights when the animal is clearly in distress. Please sign the petition below to demand that the authorities charge this couple with cruelty to animals.


Dear Lieutenant Colonel O’Toole,

A couple reportedly forced their small dog to carry about 25 pounds of weights on his feet while walking. According to a witness who took photos, the poor dog was struggling as the weights would become stuck in the cracks of the sidewalk.

Despite the fact that these conditions would put a small dog in distress at the very least, it seems the authorities aren’t doing anything about it. We, the undersigned, are calling on you to stand up for innocent animals like this dog. Please see to it that this couple face charges for what appears to be a case of animal cruelty.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Kathy Venegoni

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  1. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    More cretin dumbfcks who don’t deserve to breathe our oxygen❗️?
    Signed & shared. ?

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