Former Shelter Dog Allegedly Starved and Neglected Deserves Justice

Target: Justin E. Herdman, State’s Attorney for Toledo, Ohio

Goal: Demand that the people who allegedly starved and neglected a rescued shelter dog receive the maximum penalty possible by law.

A former shelter dog was reportedly starved and neglected in an unfortunate case of animal cruelty. Per investigators, the dog was malnourished and suffered from untreated pressure sores. Demand justice for this poor dog.

“His ears are filthy and his teeth are really bad, much worse than they should be for his age,” stated Stephen Heaven, president and chief executive of the local humane society. Major, a mixed breed, reportedly suffered severe neglect after he was placed in a new home. The suspects crated Major for long periods of time, investigators stated, resulting in multiple pressure sores. A thorough examination revealed that Major weighed only 36 pounds, instead of his recommended 50, and that starvation likely caused the drastic weight loss.

Major has been placed in a loving home, and he is recovering with veterinary care. The suspects have not yet been publicly named, but charges are pending. Sign below and demand that the people responsible for this cruelty receive the maximum penalty possible by law, if convicted.


Dear State’s Attorney Herdman,

A former shelter dog reportedly suffered severe neglect at the hands of his new owners. Per investigators, he was crated for long periods of time and developed pressure sores. We demand justice for this innocent dog.

The Toledo Area Humane Society is investigating two suspects after their adopted dog was allegedly starved and neglected. Major, a two and a half-year-old mixed breed, suffered multiple pressure sores after the suspects reportedly crated him for long periods of time. Per investigators, Major weighed only 36 pounds when he should have weighed 50, and veterinarians found no medical cause for the malnourishment. Major has been placed in a loving home, and he is recovering. The investigation is ongoing, and charges against the suspects are pending.

If these suspects are found guilty, then they are a danger to animals and must be punished. We demand that you seek the maximum penalty in this case.


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  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    Totally disgusting sub-humans!

  2. Derinda Nilsson says:

    Once again! We need stiffer punishment for these creeps. Longer time in jail. Ban them from ever owning any animal again. Just like sex offender list, animal cruelty list. Otherwise, more and more animals are going to suffer and we will be signing numerous petitions.

  3. Karen Mckay says:

    name and shame these morons. ban them from having animals for life, and leave them in a small cramped cage to rot. really, when are we going to get tough on these vermin???

  4. Adoptive parents,are they not checked out?These people need to be punished severely and not allowed ever to have any animal.More follow ups on people who adopt,this is imperative.

  5. Gabriela Torres says:

    What about checking on the living conditions of a pet that was released from the pound and of the ‘new owners’ in two to three weeks? It makes sense, doesn’t it?

  6. Margaret Melnick says:

    Not sure why there is no check on people who adopt animals. Also why are the names of the people always being kept hidden. If the animal was adopted to them and found in poor condition why are their names not being released. Hiding identity when crimes are committed only encourages more crimes the same after all the public doesn’t know who they are so they are not shamed. START THINKING OF THE ANIMAL AND START RELEASING ANIMAL ABUSERS NAMES.

  7. Jaime Perez Jaime Perez says:

    These pieces of filth need to have the same treatment. Stick them in tiny cages and starve them to death. How gross and heinous can people be?!

  8. PATRICIA johnson says:

    Abuse of any animal is a sign of a serial killer.

  9. Mary J Zambrana says:

    Ongoing investigations?? What else does the court need to put these people in jail for a long while. Beyond the maximum sentence in light of what they purposefully did to someone they promised to care for at adoption. I am thankful to hear that puppers has a safe, loving home now. All prospective adopters must be thoroughly investigated prior to releasing any voiceless innocents from their safety.


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