Target: Scott D. Shellenberger, State Attorney, Baltimore County, Maryland
Goal: Demand justice for puppy slain by police officer
The average Jack Russell Terrier weighs just 13-17 pounds. It is a beautiful dog and a defenseless creature. Rocko, a seven-month-old Jack Russell Terrier puppy, could not protect himself and did not deserve to die. However, he was abused and killed by Alec Taylor, the boyfriend of his owner, for defecating on the carpet. Mr. Taylor is a police officer for the city of Maryland. It is frightening to imagine that a man tasked with protecting his community is capable of such incredible cruelty. Scott Shellenberger, the State Attorney for the county in which Taylor resides, must do everything within his power to bring this animal abuser to justice.
On February 26th, Rocko the puppy did what dogs naturally do when they are kept indoors for too long: he relieved himself on the carpet. Rather than admonishing the pet or calling the dog’s owner, his girlfriend, Alec Taylor decided to take matters into his own hands. He urged the terrified puppy out from behind the refrigerator with a mop and proceeded to choke and beat him to death. Police who performed a necropsy found that Rocko died from “an acute hemorrhagic shock likely due to blood loss from liver damage caused by blunt force trauma,” according to The Baltimore Sun. As if all that weren’t enough, Taylor then sent pictures to his girlfriend of her lifeless dog lying on the ground.
Taylor’s girlfriend, whose name has not been released, called the police. They recovered the dog’s body in a nearby dumpster. Alec Taylor turned himself in to police on March 5th. He has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty and abuse, and is currently suspended without pay from the Baltimore police force. However, cruelty toward animals can often indicate disturbing behavioral trends that can result in violence or cruelty toward humans. It is reprehensible that someone capable of such violence against a truly innocent being has been trusted with the responsibility to protect and serve his community.
It is crucial that State Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger take this case seriously and prosecute Taylor swiftly. According to the Maryland penal code, animal cruelty carries a punishment of up to 3 years in prison, a $5000 fine, or both. A sentencing condition may also be applied that the alleged abuser seek counseling for anger management and be prohibited from ever owning or residing with an animal again. If found guilty, at the very least Mr. Taylor should been banned from owning an animal, and it is clear he needs counseling. His permanent elimination from the Baltimore Police Department must also be considered.
Dear Scott Shellenberger,
Animal cruelty and abuse is a serious offense. No pet deserves to live in fear or die for doing what comes naturally to it. Unfortunately, Rocko the puppy was not given the chance to live past seven months of age, because police officer Alec Taylor took his life. Rocko the puppy was choked and beaten to death.
Due to the outrageous nature of this crime and Mr. Taylor’s position of power in the community as a police officer, I am demanding that you take this case seriously. It is vital that you prosecute Taylor swiftly and vigorously to demonstrate that the State of Maryland will not tolerate abuse.
[Your Name Here]
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