Senior Dog Reportedly Left to Die With Mouth Taped Shut Deserves Justice

Target: Florida State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit, Amira Fox

Goal: Give man who allegedly taped dog’s mouth shut with electrical tape and left him to suffer and die strictest legal sentence.

William Hilyard II allegedly taped his dog’s mouth shut and left him to die. He needs to get the harshest legal sentence if he is found guilty of such unwarranted animal abuse, to better ensure other animals stay safe.

Hilyard reportedly claims that he called police after seeing a news story that showed his dog lying dead on the ground. However, police suspected that he was in fact responsible for the crime. A judge told Hilyard that he is not allowed to have any pets if he makes bail. A cat was removed from his home to ensure the animal’s safety.

Hiyard’s dog was 17 years old when he died, most likely in fear and agony. Sign this petition and demand Hilyard be given the severest punishment under law if he is found guilty of this horrifying animal abuse.


Dear State Attorney Fox,

A deceased dog was recently found with his mouth taped shut. William Hilyard was later arrested for allegedly having committed the crime. He needs to spend maximum time behind bars if he is found guilty so that it will be less likely more animals will be harmed.

Hilyard allegedly claims he called the police after he watched a news segment about his dog having been found dead. After interviewing him, police concluded that Hilyard was responsible for the abuse and immediately arrested him. A judge made it clear that Hilyard would no longer be allowed to own pets. Police further took an adult cat out of Hilyard’s home to make sure that the animal’s safety would not be jeopardized.

It was determined that Hilyard’s dog was 17 years old at the time the reported incident took place. According to experts, dogs that are 16 or older have a higher chance of developing canine cognitive dysfunction, a disease that is similar to dementia in humans. It is therefore a high likelihood that this dog died confused and in pain. For these reasons, we demand you suggest Hilyard get the most time in prison the law will allow and that he also be charged with all pertinent fines if he is found guilty of such inexcusable animal cruelty.


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  1. American Girl says:

    Meant Son of a Bitch!
    Hate frgn spellcheck!!!

  2. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    When we assume guardianship of any animal, we are morally and ethically obligated to ensure they are properly cared for, safe and protected until they die. We are not to discard them when caring for them becomes “inconvenient.”

    This unimaginable monster MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law and be BANNED from EVER purchasing, owning, caring for or working with ANY animals EVER again. I hope someone does the same to him when he’s old and helpless…THAT would be justice.

  3. This guy is a low-life heartless scumbag. That’s what he is. This dog was elderly, and because he didn’t want to be bothered taking care of him anymore, he did something cruel and unthinkable. This is inexcusable and unconscionable.

  4. Sri otaibi says:

    Please throw Hilyard in jail with his mouth taped- good riddance. Human trash- worthless life

  5. That monster deserves to be in the electric chair! There’s no excuse for being so cruel to a sweet pet! Thank goodness the cat was rescued. I just wish the dog could have been rescued in time.

  6. As I lay on my Bed with my fur baby next to me (her head on the pillow), I see her as pure, unfiltered love. So, my mind is boggled at the chronic stories I hear, like this one, of vicious, cruel treatment of domestic animals. And I specifically say, domestic…because you CHOOSE to have this wonderful being in your life. And because you choose to care for this family member, it is tour duty to do so. Would you tape your human child’s mouth shut? In my mind, there is no difference. Harsher laws are needed, so let’s start by making sure every asshole who harms an animal gets the maximum punishment.

  7. Animals abusers should get at least 10 years in jail! Hard time!

  8. He needs to taped and thrown out to die. Hope he gets what he deserves. Send his ass to prison and hope he gets 99 years.

  9. Do the EXACT same thing to him. What a piece of shit! You are a coward! Scumbag, ugh, I just want to scream! Pull your f@cking nuts off. Grrrrrrrr

    • Thinking exactly the same. Justice for this poor dog. An eye for an eye. I hate these animals abusers and killers
      so much…

  10. Oh, and it seems he has a 9-year-old son? Should remove him from his care too.

  11. WILLIAM HILYARD II is one too many William Hilyards. Shoulda stopped breeding old lady,you bred a serial killer in the making. WHAT AN ASSHOLE WILLIAM HILYARD II is.

  12. What a POS.. this absolutely breaks my heart.

  13. Just another waste of a human being. This pos needs jail time . Don’t understand how any one could be so heartless . This is disgusting . This poor dog did some horrible suffering .

  14. I have worked as a Forensic Mental Health Professional and trauma therapist for over 25 years. During this time, I have contracted with jails, prisons, and community corrections in various states, after working as a correctional officer for a few years. I can attest that there is a very strong correlation between the way people treat animals of any kind and the way they can all-too-easily, and without hesitation, remorse, or empathy, treat fellow human beings. If you would not want your son, daughter, sister, brother, grandchild, or parent treated this way, take a stand and sign every petition against animal abuse that you can find – wild and domestic, in the USA and across the world! YES, the pictures & videos are heart-wrenching but ignoring them does not solve the problem. Be brave for the innocent; when you ignore this cruel, heart-less behavior, you are giving more power to the abusers.

  15. If this scum makes old age, everyone knows what to do with him (no comfort or peace ever for this lowlife). Sleep well precious, beautiful furbaby.

  16. Nena Milker says:

    What a horrible man. How terribly sad that he wouldn’t give the dog a dignified death. It begs the question, “What was his life like?” I would feel honored that my dog got to live that long ….

  17. POS he could have cared for that sweet dog or surrendered to someone who could.
    I hope they glue his eyes and mouth shut I Prison!!!!

  18. Debra A Nahinu says:

    Why are these idiots NOT in jail? Is this not a crime? Why are we writing to tell state attornys to do their job? Put this idiot away for a long time and tape his mouth shut too. Sick of animal abusers continuing to get away with this crap. Do your damn jobs and put them away. Society does not need more sub humans around.

  19. Gabriela Torres says:

    Dear State Attorney Fox –
    Animal Cruelty Offenders Face Federal Fines and Imprisonment – Animal cruelty is now officially banned across the United States, President Trump has signed the federal document.

    In view of which, please do not wait any longer to prosecute that miserable, worthless human beast …
    Thank you!

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