Target: Judge Anthony Mariani, Allegheny County Court
Goal: Praise sentence against woman who stole a terminally ill man’s pet and had it put down.
A woman who stole her terminally ill neighbor’s dog and euthanized it without permission has been sentenced to six months’ jail time. Gisele Paris of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania stole neighbor Mark Boehler’s Siberian husky, named Thor, around Thanksgiving of 2013. She believed it was being neglected despite assurances to the contrary from a local animal protection officer, who she had called to investigate. The animal control officer said that while the dog had health issues, they were being treated and the dog was not suffering.
When 58-year-old Paris was unsatisfied with the response, she took matters into her own hands. Criminal complaints against her alleged that she took the dog from Boehler’s yard to an animal shelter where it was examined by a veterinarian. According to Paris’ court testimony, the vet found benign growths on one of the dog’s legs, which would have cost $600 to remove, so she opted instead to have the dog euthanized.
Prosecutors, on the other hand, saw the case differently. They accused Paris of trying to cover up the evidence of a crime she had committed. In late 2014, a court found her guilty of theft, receiving stolen property, and cruelty to animals. The judge handed down a six month prison sentence and condemned Paris’ failure to “understand the wrongfulness of [her] conduct,” stating that she could be a danger to the community.
Not only did Paris defy the judgement of a trained animal control officer to euthanize a happy and healthy dog, she took away a terminally ill man’s companion. Her lack of remorse and failure to accept her own wrongdoing show that she could be capable of similar crimes in the future. Sign the petition below to applaud a jail sentence for this thoughtless and cruel offender.
Dear Judge Anthony Mariani,
A woman who stole and euthanized her terminally ill neighbor’s pet has been sentenced to six months in prison. The woman called animal control to check on a neighbor’s dog, which looked to be “unhealthy.” When an investigation determined that the dog’s owner was taking appropriate measures to treat the health issues and that the dog was not suffering, Gisele Paris stole and euthanized the dog anyway.
This crime not only took the life of a healthy and happy dog, but took a companion away from a terminally ill man. We, the undersigned, applaud the jail sentence handed down to this cruel and remorseless offender.
[Your Name Here]
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