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. Piece of sub- human scum deserves to be locked up forever – how could you do that to your own poor dog – you couldn’t have taken the poor pup to a vet or rescue agency

  2. Janet Garraghan says:

    Despicable, evil monster, doesn’t care one bit for the pain, suffering and death of anyone other than himself! A danger to society who hasn’t an ounce of compassion! Of course he must be punished to the fullest of the law! I despair of the human race, I truly do!

    • Renee Doan says:

      Very well said truth be told! This evil scumbag does not deserve to take another breath. Do same cruel frightening act to him…make him feel the fright & pain!

      • Totally agree. Animal abuse is completely out of control because the “punishment” is next to nothing. Abusers should not be allowed to take another breath – there is no cure for them and they continue to get worse.

  3. Diane Pereira says:

    I signed!!! I sign many of these petitions to give justice to these poor, sweet, innocent fur babies. Put this inhuman monster in jail so he can’t do cruel and brutal things to anymore animals. The beautiful dog didn’t deserve to die like that. He should die that way!!!💔🙏🐕

  4. 🤬 Hilyard is/was a beautiful beautiful dog. Someone would have adopted him quickly if only he was taken to a no kill shelter or a rescue agency. The previous owner should be charged with intentional murder of Hilyard. HE KILLED THAT BEAUTIFUL DOG!!! NO IF’S,AND’S OR BUTS. If animal abuse is now a Federal crime he should be sentenced as such. POS !!!

  5. Ashamed to be human says:

    That evil, murdering, selfish, uncaring POS should have his mouth taped shut, his arms & legs bound, then dumped in the rubbish & left to rot. 😡

    • Renee Doan says:

      I agree with you all the way!! Whatever cruelty is done to an innocent animal, same act should be done to the evil scumbag!

  6. Amie Oliver says:

    Unexceptional actions of pure evil. This devil needs to pay for what he has done to an innocent angel.

  7. John McGrath says:

    Duct tape his head and let him die in agony.

  8. What happened to animal cruelty being a felony?
    What does he get from killing an animal this way??
    Are people still that ignorant??
    How idiotic and barbaric!! This is a sign of a 3rd world country!!

    All that is needed for evil (or bad things) to prosper, is for good men to do nothing!!!

    You are either part of the, or part of the solution!!!
    Which one are you????

    • This is so heartbreaking 💔. I hope this evil POS suffers and pays for what he’s done. Should tape his mouth and leave him to die. Poor dog.

  9. What this man did is unforgivable,the way this Poor helpless fur baby had to suffer is beyond abuse this is murder.this fur baby was so beautiful 😥

  10. jiggabongo says:

    Kill this inbred fucking white trash trump voting scum`

  11. The owner needs his fucking mouth duct tape then thrown off a mountain

  12. Carolyn Ecton says:

    Amira Fox,Florida State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit, I am very thankful that William Hilyard was arrested for this most evil crime of taping a live animal’s mouth shut and leaving it to die a slow and painful death. Please do the right thing and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. When will Hilyard do this again? When will he do it to a human being? Your community doesn’t want to find out the answers to those questions. Please keep your constituents and the innocent pets in your State safe.

  13. If you do not prosecute this man to the fullest extent of the Lost and the judge’s sentence into the maximum possible sentence then you are both as guilty as this animal murdering SOB

    Tape the mouth of this twisted, evil, POS sewer scum and leave him to die slowly in agony….gasping for a breath….leave him in a remote area where noone will ever find him! DEATH TO ANIMAL ABUSERS IN THE SAME MANNER AS THEY HAVE TAKEN THE LIFE OF INNOCENT, HELPLESS, VOICELESS SOULS! MAY YOU LIVE IN AGONY THE REST OF YOUR WORTHLESS LIFE….SCUMBAG!

  15. This scumbag needs to be beat, burned and destroyed. This is an inexcusable act of cruelty that only the most devilish, vile being is capable of. He inflicted this cruelty for his own disgusting enjoyment. This is an evil psycho and doesn’t deserve to exist.

  16. Nadine brundage says:

    Sick, evil bastard needs life in the nearest mental institution. That poor dog died an agonizing death and that piece of shit needs to pay . Do not let this monster out to walk among us , people like him are beyond rehabilitation and need to go.


  18. Mary Hollran says:

    True companion animal for 16 years. Only gave love. He had to be frightened and confused and starvation is an excruciatingly painful way to die. Such a beautiful animal. I would have taken him and given him a good home for the rest of his life.

  19. This sick scum needs the same treatment done to him

  20. Find this sick freak — bind hands and legs — tape mouth, eyes and nose — cut of pertruding parts — throw in trash to bleed out.

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