Target: Middlesex District Attorney, Marian T. Ryan
Goal: Prosecute a man who violently abused a dog, to the full extent of the law
A kennel employee in Ashland, Massachusetts was caught on tape beating a dog that was in his care. Violence against animals is not only intolerable, but it is often an indicator of future violence towards people. We must encourage the district attorney who oversees his county to prosecute this brutal man to the full extent of the law.
Michael Edison, a 23-year old man from Marlborough Massachusetts, was arrested after he was filmed aggressively beating a chocolate labrador named Dexter who was boarded at the Camp Canine kennel where Edison works. According to Boston.com, “Edison is accused of turning violent, hitting the dog with a rake, kicking it repeatedly, and even slamming its head on the ground multiple times.” Edison claims that the dog first lunged at him, but the kennel’s owner William Craig said it looked like the dog simply wanted to play in the rain.
The Kennel owners first became aware of the incident when the dogs were all acting odd. In particular, Dexter seemed to be acting fearful, so the owners got the idea to check a webcam that they use to film the dogs so owners can check up on their pets. In an interview with MetroWest Daily News reporter Norman Miller, Craig’s wife Kimberly Cardiff shared her thoughts about the footage, simply saying, “What we saw was horrific.”
According to the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), “The FBI sees animal cruelty as a predictor of violence against people and considers past animal abuse when profiling serial killers.” Currently, Edison is released on bail awaiting trial next month. We must see that this dangerous offender receives the toughest sentence allowed under Massachusetts’ law, 90 days in jail and a fine of $1000.
Dear Ms. Marian T. Ryan,
I was shocked to learn that Michael Edison, an Ashland kennel employee, was caught on tape beating a dog that was in his care. He reportedly hit the chocolate labrador with a rake, kicked it repeatedly and even smashed the poor animal’s head into the ground.
As I’m sure you know, violence against animals is not only intolerable, but it is often an indicator of future violence towards people. Mr. Edison is clearly a very dangerous man with a violent temper. I am asking you to please use your position as District Attorney to ensure that this brutal abuser receives the toughest sentence under Massachusetts’ law.
[Your Name Here]
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