Target: Orange County, Indiana Prosecutor Kelly C. Minton
Goal: Demand maximum sentence for cruel and neglectful dog owner
After receiving a tip from a utility company, police in Orange County, Indiana discovered 20 starving poodles living in an abandoned home. The dogs were found were in miserable shape, covered in maggots and standing in their own feces. Two of them have already passed away and the others are being treated by a local veterinarian.
Veterinary technician Laura King has been charged with 20 counts of animal neglect and abandonment for leaving the poodles in such terrible condition. According to WDRB Louisville, Orange County detectives said that the situation was one of the worst cases of animal cruelty that they had ever seen. Detective Denis Lanham described the condition of the animals saying, “Some of them literally had large almost baseball, softball size clumps of feces hanging from their hair.”
Upon learning that a member of their staff had been arrested and charged with animal cruelty, Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists spokeswoman Donna Medley released a statement: “We became aware of a TV news story about animal cruelty last night, and are very disturbed to learn that the cruelty and neglect of the animals occurred at the home of Laura King, one of our employees,” Medley explained. “We knew Ms. King was a breeder of poodles, but no one associated with our clinic has ever been to her home in Paoli.” She went on to say that the staff was “stunned” and no one has had any contact with King since her arrest.
Laura King treated her poodles in a way that was grossly negligent, cruel and abusive. We must encourage the county prosecutor to give King the maximum sentence associated with animal cruelty: a $5,000 fine and one year in prison for each of the 20 counts against her.
Dear Mr. Minton,
I was shocked to learn of the case of Orange County, Indiana resident Laura King, arrested on 20 counts of animal neglect and abandonment after leaving her poodles in horrific conditions without sufficient food or water. This woman, who worked as a veterinary technician, clearly showed no regard for the health or safety of these helpless animals–two of whom have already died from related injuries and illness.
King is a dangerous woman and she needs to be put behind bars so that she can not endanger the lives of any other animals. Please do everything in your power to see that she receives the maximum sentence allowed in the state of Indiana.
[Your Name Here]
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