Target: Senator Nick Rahall, West Virginia’s 3rd District
Goal: Voice support for new legislation that would allow minors to be prosecuted for animal abuse
Toby was a 5-month-old puppy who, in 2007, was brutally murdered by three minors. The boys who tortured and killed Toby were only 12, 14, and 16 years old. They were still children, and yet they showed themselves to be capable of unthinkable evil. No new law will ever erase what happened to Toby or to countless other animals who have suffered at the hands of minors, but Toby’s Law seeks to bring some justice to these innocent animals.
Toby was a Pomeranian puppy who was stolen out of his owner’s front yard by these three young boys. The boys carried Toby to the second story of an abandoned house and twice threw the puppy out of a broken window, breaking his legs. They then tied a rope to the suffering dog’s broken hind legs and used a lighter to burn Toby’s genitals. When they got bored with that, the boys used a board with nails in it to beat the puppy. Toby, possibly already dead by this time, was then decapitated with a pocketknife. Because the boys who committed these unthinkable acts were children, they were sentenced with mercy.
It is a well documented fact that a very high percentage of children who abuse animals go on to eventually commit other crimes, including violent crimes against other humans. For this reason alone it’s important to teach children the severity of their crimes when they are convicted of animal cruelty. Toby’s Law, named after the innocent puppy who was tortured and murdered by three minors, would prevent children from being given immunity from punishment if found guilty of purposeful animal cruelty. Children need to be taught that there are serious consequences associated with their actions, and that violence against another living thing, whether it be a human or an animal, is not something that will be tolerated in our society.
By signing this petition, you are asking that new legislation, Toby’s Law, be enacted to prevent minors guilty of animal cruelty from being sentenced with mercy. Did Toby’s killers show him, an innocent puppy, mercy when they knowingly tortured and murdered him? Who knows how many future violent crimes could be prevented by teaching children at a young age that violence against other living things is not something this country will tolerate? Sign the petition to ensure minors convicted of animal abuse are prosecuted appropriately.
Dear Senator Nick Rahall,
As a fellow animal lover, please consider helping to institute new legislation that would prevent minors convicted of animal cruelty from being sentenced with mercy. Toby’s Law, named after a puppy who was brutally murdered by three minors, would prevent minors found guilty of purposeful animal cruelty from given immunity from punishment.
It is well documented that a high percentage of children who abuse animals go on to eventually commit other violent crimes. Children need to be taught that there are serious consequences associated with their actions, especially when those actions endanger the lives of innocent animals. Show America’s children that animal cruelty is not something that will be tolerated or taken lightly. Who knows how many future violent crimes could be prevented by teaching children early that violence against other living things is not something that will be tolerated?
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