Man Accused of Bestiality and Kicking Dog to Death Must be Punished

Target: Seth C. Slagle, County Attorney for Clay County, Texas

Goal: Seek maximum punishment for man accused of animal cruelty and indecency with a child.

An alleged repeat animal abuser keeps getting released from jail to seemingly commit more heinous crimes. The latest round of arrests came when Matthew Layne was charged with allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and kicking her pet dog until the poor animal died. After his release, Layne was again arrested, this time for alleged acts of indecency with a child and bestiality. In the same two-month span, Layne also racked up charges of fraud and evading arrest.

Despite these multiple accusations, Layne bonded out of jail. His freedom would not last long, however, as the bail was revoked after yet more charges came to light involving probation violations for burglary and drug possession convictions. If this seeming repeat offender had received the punishment he deserved for his prior convictions, he may not have been free to allegedly hurt innocent animals, women, and children.

Sign the petition below to ensure this apparent abuser and convicted criminal does not harm another living being.


Dear Mr. Slagle,

Matthew Layne had multiple previous convictions to his name when he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and her pet….the latter of whom died. Just a short time later, additional charges alleged that Layne took indecent liberties with both a young child and a defenseless animal. Despite the gravity and  sheer number of these new allegations, Layne easily bonded out of jail….only to be rearrested for probation violations.

These critical lapses in the system cannot continue. Please prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law and leave no doubt that Mr. Layne will finally be held fully accountable for his alleged actions, with significant prison time, if found guilty. This accused abuser and killer should not be free to harm another innocent.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: The Arrow Fund

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  1. Did they release him from prison out of concern he’ll contract covid?

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