Target: Eddie Cathey, Sheriff, Union County, North Carolina
Goal: Praise police who apprehended and charged three men in connection with the stabbing and dismemberment of a live animal.
Police have laid charges against three men accused of brutally attacking a llama on a North Carolina farm. The men, who were intoxicated at the time, wandered onto the farm and tried to ride the 300 lb animal. According to authorities, the three men chased the llama, named Mighty, away from the rest of the animals. Once it was alone, the men surrounded the creature and began to ride it before stabbing it. They then took the time to cut its corpse in half with small blades before throwing each half of the corpse in a separate location.
When Borderline Farms owner Tammy Limer called to report the crime, police quickly tracked down the men responsible. The barbaric killing had covered the men in such a large amount of blood that it left a visible path all the way back to their location. The three men face one count each of breaking and entering, larceny, trespassing and felony cruelty to animals.
Under North Carolina’s recently increased maximum sentence for felony cruelty to animals, the men could face up to ten months in prison. Since the state’s punishments for breaking and entering become much more severe if the breaking and entering lead to the commission of a felony, the men could face an additional 4-25 years in prison.
This sort of crime is particularly shocking and gruesome, and has affected not only the farm animals, who now stay away from the back area where Mighty was taken, but the entire community. Sign the petition below to thank the police for finding and charging the offenders.
Dear Sheriff Eddie Cathey,
Three men were recently apprehended by police in connection with the shocking stabbing and mutilation of a llama. The men chased the creature away from the rest of the animals before trying to ride it and eventually stabbing it. They then took the time to cut the corpse in half and scatter the gore throughout the farm.
Intentionally cruel and malicious crimes like these are alarming to the entire community, and should be punished accordingly. By charging the men with felony animal cruelty, the maximum possible sentence was increased. We, the undersigned, commend your department’s quick work to find and charge those responsible for this brutal crime.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Johann “nojhan” Dréo via Wikimedia Commons