Target: Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony Kearns III
Goal: Convict animal shelter director charged with animal cruelty to maximum sentence
On January 14, 2014, the president/director of a New Jersey animal shelter was charged with 18 counts of animal cruelty for neglecting nine cats that were in her care. She failed to provide the helpless felines with their basic needs of food and water. This careless director has been removed from her position, but we must demand that she is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Theresa Carlson has a history of negligence as the president and director of the Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter. According to The Express-Times, many animals in the shelter were found amidst inhumane conditions back in August of 2013. At that time, 17 cats were found in need of emergency respiratory treatment and two pigs were found in “deplorable condition.” Sadly, four of the cats were in such terrible health that they had to be euthanized. The Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter was also housing sick animals and healthy animals together and they could not provide records regarding vaccinations.
PETA acknowledges that not all animal shelters are created equally. Their website describes, “pitiful shelters that are nothing more than shacks without walls or other protection from the elements, where animals are often left to die from exposure, disease, or fights with other animals.” It seems that the Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter was one of these “pitiful” shelters. Thankfully, the American Humane Association, New Jersey SPCA and PetSmart Charities have teamed up to provide medical resources and necessary supplies to the animals housed at the shelter.
Theresa Carlson’s poor treatment led to the deaths of at least four cats and the illness of dozens of animals. As a shelter director and someone who is tasked with saving pets, Carlson should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for her negligent and abusive practices.
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony Kearns III to convict and sentence Theresa Carlson to the maximum penalty of six months in prison and $38,000 in fines.
Dear Anthony Kearns III,
I was shocked to learn that Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter president/director Theresa Carlson was charged with 18 counts of animal cruelty for neglecting nine cats that were in her care. As a shelter director she should be held to the highest standards of care towards animals.
This was not the first time that the Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter was found to be subjecting their animals to inhumane treatment. Back in 2013, 17 cats were found in need of emergency care and two pigs were found in horrible condition. Unfortunately, four of the cats were in such terrible health that they had to be euthanized.
Clearly, the Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter, under the direction of Carlson, has a history of abuse and neglect. I am asking you to do everything in your power to convict and sentence Theresa Carlson to the maximum penalty of six months in prison and $38,000 in fines.
[Your Name Here]
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