Target: Cyrus R. Vance Jr., District Attorney for New York City
Goal: Ensure the harshest possible punishment for a criminal who stuffed a dog into a suitcase and left it to die.
A malnourished pit bull was recently found stuffed into a suitcase in New York City. The dog was abandoned in a dumpster, and was starving and dehydrated by the time he was found. Thanks to life-saving care from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the dog is alive and under veterinary care. An anonymous donor has offered $20,000 for information in the case, and the New York Police Department is currently investigating.
The dog is only three months old and is currently undergoing treatment for malnutrition. Whoever abandoned the dog clearly meant for it to die; the dog was stuffed into a suitcase and thrown into a dumpster in the Bronx, proving the criminal took several steps to ensure its death. If starvation and malnutrition didn’t kill him, New York’s cold weather would have. The individual who disposed of the dog intended to kill it through abuse and abandonment, and deserves to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
This isn’t just a case of neglect. The owner subjected the dog to cruelty, choosing to put him in a suitcase and leave him to die hungry and cold rather than bringing him to a shelter or giving him to someone who would care for him. This is the action of a person who wishes to do an animal harm in the worst way possible and they deserve to be punished as harshly as the law will allow. Ask the New York City prosecutor to pursue punishment to the fullest extent of the law when this person is caught—their actions reflect a dangerous and frightening tendency toward violence and their punishment should reflect that.
Dear Mr. Vance,
A dog was recently found stuffed into a suitcase and left for dead in the Bronx. The action itself is troubling enough, but the dog was malnourished and left outside in freezing temperatures—suffocation, starvation, and freezing were all potential causes for death, which makes it clear that whoever committed this act wanted the dog to die. Thankfully, the dog was found and has undergone emergency treatment to stabilize it.
This isn’t a case of simple animal abandonment. This is intentional cruelty, as the individual responsible took several steps to ensure that this dog would end up dead. Rather than taking the dog to a shelter or finding a new owner, they stuffed the three-month-old pit bull into a suitcase and abandoned him. This is a calculated act—the intention was that the dog be killed, not that he be found by a random passerby who might care for him.
Because of this, whoever is responsible deserves the harshest punishment available under the law. Some people are unable to care for animals for a variety of reasons, but that’s not the case here—these actions were malicious and reflect a tendency toward violence that deserves strict punishment. When this criminal is found, please ensure that their punishment fits the crime not only of abandonment, but calculated animal cruelty.
[Your Name Here]