Target: Des Moines Chief Humane Officer Sergeant, James Butler
Goal: Support the arrest of man accused of hitting and kicking his pet dog.
Des Moines, Iowa police recently arrested a man who appeared to be abusing his dog. According to the police report, an officer was driving down the street and spotted a dog hunched on the ground and the man, Timothy James Gifford, appearing to hit and kick the dog. Gifford then picked up the dog by the neck and the officer feared he would throw the dog on the ground. The police came over to confront the man, but he became argumentative and claimed that he was not doing anything against the law. The police officer noticed that during the encounter, the dog was still huddled on the ground and shaking.
Gifford states that he was just trying to prevent the dog from running into the street. Soon after, he was arrested and the dog was taken to the pound. The officer impounded the dog so that a veterinarian could check its health and safety. The officer found out that the dog belonged to Gifford’s significant other and because the veterinarian did not find any injuries, it was released back to her. She assured to police that she would not let Gifford take the dog without her again. Gifford was arrested on charges of animal neglect.
Please sign this petition to thank the police officer for arresting a man he allegedly saw abusing a dog.
Dear Officer Sergeant James Butler,
It is always difficult to prove if a person is abusing his or her pet, so it was crucial that one of your policemen stopped when they encountered Timothy James Gifford allegedly hitting and kicking his dog. Although he denied that he did anything wrong, abusing a dog is against the law. Thank you for allowing the dog to get medical attention before releasing it back to its rightful owner. These cautionary steps are necessary when it comes to the safety of an animal.
Many people have different standards of animal abuse. In this case, although Gifford did not see what he did was considered animal abuse, it clearly looked like it to any concerned individual. When helping animals that are being abused, it is important to know what constitutes as animal abuse under state law.
Therefore, we praise your police officer for making the call and stopping when he saw Gifford reportedly abusing the dog in his care.
[Your Name Here]
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