Punish Woman for Starving Dog

lab mix

Target: New Haven Justices, Dale Little and Terry F. Searles

Goal: Demand justice for a dog who was allegedly starved by his owner.

In Oswego, New York, a lab mix named Apollo was found severely underweight and with an alarmingly low body temperature. He weighed about 29 pounds, but labs generally weigh from 60 to 70 pounds. He was found in the month of December, which is a month that can very cold in Oswego. Luckily he was saved by The Paws Across Oswego County animal rescue, and now is a much healthier weight of about 45 pounds. Apollo also recently got adopted.

If Apollo wasn’t rescued, the list of horrible things that could have happened to him are endless. His owner Deena Rossi was arrested, and she should receive the highest sentencing if found guilty for such a cruel act. This dog might have not been alive much longer if he stayed in these conditions. It was reported that Rossi has been charged with another animal abuse case that resulted in the death of a dog.

Animal abuse is not acceptable. One must be held accountable for their actions and charged to the fullest extent. By signing this petition, you are saying that torturing and killing animals is despicable. Let’s help spread awareness about tragic stories like Apollo’s.


Dear Justices Dale Little and Terry F. Searles,

Apollo is a lab mix that was found extremely underweight for his breed and with a concerning body temperature in Oswego, New York. If he weren’t saved he probably would have ended up dead. I’m writing this to further express the need for justice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Pets are a great addition to any family, and they don’t deserve to be mistreated.

Starvation is a horrid way to die. I can’t begin to fathom the fear that Apollo felt. Deena Rossi, as you both know was the woman arrested for this crime, was also supposedly charged with another animal cruelty case in which a dog died. If these allegations are true, Rossi needs to be stopped. If she is not stopped, she will most likely go on hurting innocent animals. This case can be a model to future offenders that their behavior will not be tolerated.

Please give Deena Rossi the fullest possible sentencing if she is found guilty. I’m urging both of you to set an example of how animals cannot be treated like this.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Christine Luffey says:

    I bet this heartless, piece of human excrement did not miss a meal. This scum bag needs to hang her head in shame!

  2. This woman should be banned by the court to own any pet in her lifetime!

  3. Ellis Toscano says:

    Couple of years in jail might help straighten up this POS

  4. Michael Hamilton says:

    Thank you for your agreement and expressions of support.
    I believe the way to truly help all the animals we can, is to ‘play the game’ and play it well. We need to become a political force. An organization representing millions of votes. So that when we speak, those who make the laws, and those who execute those laws, LISTEN and ACT.
    What is our next move?

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