Justice for Pit Bulls Allegedly Forced to Live in Filth

Target: Stephen M. Wagstaffe, District Attorney for San Mateo County, California

Goal: Punish man accused of the severe neglect of dogs after previous animal cruelty charges.

A man is in police custody after allegedly violating probationary orders not to keep pets. After being put on probation for being in possession of a pit bull that bit an elderly man, 37-year-old Javier Larson was banned from animal ownership. However, a recent search of his home revealed five pit bulls kept in what authorities called “unlivable conditions.”

When police entered his empty home, they reportedly found a female pit bull locked in a bathroom. The floor of the bathroom was covered in three inches of feces and urine, said officers. Also found were four male pit bulls who were reportedly also neglected and left without sanitary food or water.

Larson is now facing five misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. As of now, he remains in police custody until his $20,000 bail can be posted.

It seems clear that the accused did not take his charges seriously enough to adhere to the conditions of his probation the first time, and therefore is at a high risk of committing more animal cruelty upon his release. For this reason, it’s imperative that he is punished more harshly this time around. Sign the petition below to ask the prosecutor to seek the maximum possible penalty against Larson, if he is found guilty again.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Wagstaffe,

Five dogs were reportedly severely neglected by a man violating probationary orders to not keep pets. These orders were handed down to 37-year-old Javier Larson after he was found in possession of a violent dog. This time, police reportedly found a female pit bull locked in a bathroom where the floor was coated in a thick layer of urine and feces. Four male pit bulls were also found, all left in filth without access to clean food or water, police say.

If these allegations are true, it would indicate that Larson was not punished harshly enough the first time to understand the gravity of his actions. Animal cruelty causes suffering to living beings and this must be taken seriously. This time, we ask you to seek a harsh punishment against Larson, if he is guilty, in order to ensure that he stops harming animals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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6 Comments

  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    37-year-old Javier Larson was BANNED from animal ownership. However, a recent search of his home revealed five pit bulls kept in what authorities called “unlivable conditions.” That phrase “if found guilty” really galls me – of course he is GUILTY, no IFS about it! Make this ignorant subhuman pay dearly!!!

  2. Margaret Melnick says:

    Take the dog out of the bathroom and lock him in it for about 6 months see if that gets his attention. Laws are so dam slack no pays attention to them anymore.

  3. Rachael Markson says:

    Why does the article have more descriptive info than the petition..? 3 inches of feces and urine is much worse than *a thick layer*. I also wish the site had a way to follow up on cases like this..to see if petitions worked etc.

  4. Colleen Geno says:

    What the f**k is going on here? Don’t you people get it?! You cannot give some asshole probation for animal abuse!! That is not a punishment. You either send them to prison for a decent amount of yrs and put a very angry animal lover in the same cell and make sure they get hard labor everyday they are in there…That or even better – do to the abuser what they did to their victim(s)!! The latter will put a stop to animal cruelty, tell me I’m wrong……

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