A Dozen Dogs Who Allegedly Died in Back of Stolen Truck Deserve Justice

Target: Michael A. Hestrin, District Attorney for Riverside County, California

Goal: Demand that the man who allegedly locked a dozen dogs in the back of a stolen truck, leading to their deaths, receive the maximum penalty by law.

A dozen dogs suffered and died when they were allegedly stuffed into the back of a stolen truck. The suspect had previously pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty in an unrelated case, police stated. Demand justice for these poor dogs.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office searched a stolen truck, reportedly found in Douglas John Yates’ possession, and what they found was nothing short of heartbreaking. The dead bodies of a dozen dogs were piled on top of each other, deputies stated. Though it has not been disclosed how the dogs died, Yates reportedly has a long history of animal cruelty. Per deputies, he pleaded guilty to previous misdemeanor animal cruelty charges in connection with several emaciated dogs and cats in his possession. A La Quinta Animal Control office also banned Yates from owning or caring for animals.

Deputies charged Yates with 12 counts of felony animal cruelty in this case. Sign below and demand that Yates receive the maximum penalty by law, if convicted.


Dear District Attorney Hestrin,

Twelve dogs were allegedly locked in the back of a stolen truck in a shocking case of animal cruelty. All of the dogs reportedly died. Demand justice for these poor dogs.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office charged Douglas John Yates with 12 counts of felony animal cruelty after he allegedly stuffed twelve dogs into the back of a stolen truck, leading to their deaths. Per deputies, this is not the first time that Yates has been accused of animal cruelty. Yates reportedly pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty in a previous case involving multiple emaciated dogs and cats. An Animal Control officer also reportedly banned Yates from owning and caring for animals at that time. Yates will face his current charges at a later date.

If guilty, this man is a danger to animals and must be punished. We demand that you seek the maximum penalty in this case.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. This sicko needed to suffocate as well. He had several other counts of animal abuse, he’s old, 55. He should have been imprisoned for this yet he kept collecting animals. Sociopath should get a Life Sentence. Just like the Judges who let him off.

  2. Agree all comments shove him in a truck to die

  3. One abuse offense is one too many. Now this guy has two. When will the laws catch up to the abusers and actually do something to stop this?!

  4. One case is enough. The “punishment” of not allowing this killer to have animals clearly is not a deterrent for him. He, and more like him, merely move to another jurisdiction and commit such killings. All authorities must have access to one another’s files perhaps leading to harsher sentences. I only hope so.

  5. Please don’t let this SICK, VILE piece of trash get away again with animal cruelty. Hold him responsible and fine him heavily as well.

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