Target: Essex County District Attorney, Jonathan W. Blodgett
Goal: Punish man for keeping dogs in deplorable conditions
A man in Lawrence, Massachusetts was keeping six pit bull puppies in a dark, cramped cellar, the floor of which was covered in feces and filth. Besides being held in disgusting conditions, these very young pit bull puppies were secluded from their mother, who was kept in a dirty apartment upstairs.
Pierre Cassagnol-Reyes is facing 11 animal cruelty charges after police were tipped off by a concerned maintenance worker that there were dogs being kept in “terrible conditions” in the cellar of an apartment building. According to The Boston Globe, Lawrence police Sergeant Robert DiBenedetto described the moment that the cellar door was opened in his police report writing, “what can only be described as a putrid reeking of animal waste and filth began to pour.” As the officers went into the rotten, smelly cellar, they found six young puppies restrained in wire cages being kept on a floor that was covered in garbage and animal waste.
Upon further investigation, officers found that five additional dogs were being kept in deplorable conditions in Cassagnol-Reyes’ upstairs apartment. Sadly, there was also a young child in that apartment. Sergeant DiBenedetto notified the state Department of Children and Families of the situation.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) says that animal neglect can be just as harmful to the victim as animals who have been abused. Its website states, “The pain of an animal who lingers with untreated illness or wounds, or without nourishment or shelter, can be tremendous—sometimes even more so than those who are victims of directly inflicted violence, because their suffering is so prolonged.”
We must encourage Essex County District Attorney, Jonathan W. Blodgett to prosecute neglectful dog owner Pierre Cassagnol-Reyes to the fullest extent of the law.
Dear Mr. Blodgett,
I was shocked to learn of the deplorable conditions in which Lawrence resident Pierre Cassagnol-Reyes was keeping six helpless pit bulls. Officers found the animals living in a dark, cramped cellar in wire cages that were kept on a floor that was covered in feces. The smell was described as a “putrid reeking of animal waste.”
Animal neglect is a serious offense that threatens the lives of the animals who endure this horrific treatment. Please do everything in your power to see that Pierre Cassagnol-Reyes receives the maximum sentence associated with his crimes.
[Your Name Here]
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