Target: Marion County Deputy District Attorney, Jean Kunkle
Goal: Demand that the pending trial of two alleged animal abusers stop being postponed to a later date.
Two women who were charged on 48 counts of animal neglect had their criminal trial postponed again for the fifth time. The trial date for Alicia Inglish and Amanda Oakley was set to begin in Marion County Circuit Judge Dennis Graves’ courtroom in May 2015, but has since been moved to July 2015. Demand that Inglish and Oakley stand trial for their alleged crimes immediately.
In January 2013, authorities seized over 140 dogs from a warehouse in Oregon. The warehouse, also known as the Willamette Animal Rescue, had been the subject of many complaints, especially about loose dogs and constant barking. However, even with those complaints, authorities did not have enough proof to issue a search warrant. When the police finally did enter the facilities, they described it as “disturbing.” Some dogs were caged, while other dogs were running loose. Although only 120 were recognized as being neglected by the legal definition, all 140 of the dogs needed medical help. Animal shelter volunteers and police officers worked hard to gather up the dogs and take them to another facilities for proper care.
The trial was initially postponed because a witness for the defense was not present. The Marion County District Attorney explained that the trial was postponed again because one of the women had surgery and remained ill. Other postponements were due to other medical issues. The third women involved in this case has already had her trial and was found guilty to the crimes involving the neglected dogs. She is now serving five years probation.
Please sign this petition to ask the court to stop postponing the trial of the two Salem women and to get justice for the 140 neglected dogs.
Dear District Attorney Jean Kunkle,
Three women were indicted on 48 counts of animal neglect. Although one of those women has been found guilty, two of them have still not faced their criminal trials. For the fifth time, the case has been postponed. This crime occurred in January 2013, so it has been over two years since they were reportedly found neglecting 140 dogs in their care.
Animals cannot speak for themselves, so it is up to human beings to do the right thing and face the consequences of their actions. The dogs that were wounded in these two women’s care deserve justice. Please make sure that these two women do not miss their criminal trial court date.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Marita Grasshoff