Don’t Let Children and Teens Get Away With Animal Abuse

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.

PETITION LETTER:

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?

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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23 Comments

  1. Daniela Bress says:

    There should generally be no age restriction for violent crimes whether the victim has two or four legs, feathers, fur, skin or spines.

    But that alone wouldn’t be enough – as long as we teach our children it’s alright to torture, use and murder as long as it happens for human purposes like health, fun, vanity, entertainment, greed, religion, etc. by animal testings in laboratories, universities and even schools, factory farming, trophy hunting, pet breeding, fur farming, killing in “shelters”, zoos, self-defeating deforestation, dolphinariums, abused wild animals as tourist attractions, ocean-, air-, river- and groundwaterpollution, circuses, etc. – it will nearly be impossible to explain the difference to anyone!

  2. If torture and murder are violations of the law, then how could this ever be dismissed, just because a living, feeling animal was the victim? This is unforgivable and must be prosecuted to the fullest as a heinous murder crime. What if the victim had been a human baby instead of a puppy?

  3. cecily colloby says:

    These evil swine knew exactly what they were doing and s.hould be destroyed.They were not children but teenagers and should not be allowed to contnue living when they knowingly caused such suffering to a helpless creature.Get rid of them -they will certainly do this kind of thing again and again

  4. Birch the sick little bastards and put the parents in jail, this goes on to hurting bigger animals and then humans. No goody goody’s please because I worked with these little twats and they know what they are doing and think they are really big boys, but they are all low IQ cowards, that cost the country a lot of money. To many liver lily bastards say they are just children and don’t know any better, I can promise you they do.
    Birch the sick bastards because they hate pain and are cowards.

  5. Dayse Lopes Amaral Dória Bicalho says:

    Um absurdo. Porque não se suicidaram? Seriam mais justo, pois pessoas que fazem isto com um animal não têm alma nem coração, não necessitamos deles no mundo. Uma bomba amarrada na cintura de cada um deles, em praça pública, deveria ser a pena para eles. USA não são tão cautelosos com os animais? Ebntão puna com a pena máxima.

  6. Esses monstros sabiam o que estavam fazendo o tempo todo.A pena de morte não deve levar em conta a idade, pois á desse jeito que os psicopatas começam, com pobres animais, depois com pessoas.Devemos livrar o mundo deles e impedir que continuem cometendo atrocidades porque eles não vão parar.Não existe cura nem perdão para isso.São seres perturbados e perigosos.Meu Deus, quando penso no sofrimento e horror desses animais, mal consigo dormir a noite.Como pode existir gente que ignore isso ou pense que são só crianças, pois continuo dizendo:”São demônios encarnados na Terra, disfarçados de crianças.”Não conseguem ver????

  7. ERICA ARAUJO says:

    VENHO ATRAVÉS DESTA MENSAGEM,MOSTRAR MINHA INDIGNAÇÃO E TRISTEZA DIANTE O QUE ACONTECEU COM ESSE POBRE ANIMAL E QUE INFELIZMENTE ACONTECE A CADA SEGUNDO EM DIVERSAS PARTES DO MUNDO.ISSO NÃO PODE FICAR IMPUNE! ESTARIAMOS SENDO CONIVENTES COM ESSE TIPO DE ATITUDE. ESPERAMOS POR JUSTIÇA!

  8. Kim Oldfield says:

    It starts here with helpless animals and moves into a murder of a child or person. I believe some children are born bad and have to be trained to be good people. Some are not taught to respect life or anything else in their lives. I’m sick in my heart that we as “human beings” do these kind of things to anyone, let alone an animal.
    It maybe to late to help these kids like its to late to help the little dog they killed. We have to deal with crimes like this no matter how old the little humans are. They need to are for animals for years to come, and be watched until see fit they are not a danger to anything else.

  9. Foi muito triste o que aconteceu a um ser indefeso ! É muito triste se quem o fez não fôr BEM CASTIGADO ! É muito triste não existirem leis que penalizem essas pessoas bestas e cruéis que cometem actos de psicopatia sobre seres que não merecem ser tratados dessa maneira ! As leis têm de existir para acabar com essas CRUELDADES !

  10. Capitão Spiff says:

    PUNISH THEM !!! IMMEDIATELY

  11. teresa royer says:

    animal abuse from childre show a more disturbing side…they will be the future serial killers,fire staters,and will continue to abuse animals and other humans…they dont deserve a special treatment or even mercy…maybe the same mercy they gave to the animals they torture…the parents of this little monster should be make partially responsible for their childrens actions and be make to pay for therapy for the whole family because they all will need it

  12. DEFORMED UNHUMANE MONSTERS SHOULD SEPARATED AND LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRACHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    HOW CAN HUMANS ARE AS MONSTEROUS AS YOU, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE, LET A LIVING CREATURE IN THIS SITUATION – HOPE YOU EARN THE RESULT AS YOU DESERVES!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    MONSTERS should not have the right to live together with humanbeings.

  13. These are NOT children, they’re monsters and will only get bigger and stronger and then unleash more horror on other poor, innocent animals and human beings. These kinds of creatures need to be put on another planet where they can torture and abuse their own kind. Get rid of garbage

  14. Romantickitty says:

    Those monsters that did this to Toby and ALL animal abusers need to be wiped off the face of the earth. I wish I hadn’t seen this story of Toby, it has upset me so badly, I can not stop crying and shaking and thinking of what that poor little soul went through. Anyone that commits these horrible acts on animals is damaged beyond repair and will continue to abuse animals and people, it’s a proven fact. I hope karma will get them all quickly and extremely painfully. I hope all abusers die an excruciatingly painful slow death. They do not deserve to breathe and certainly shouldn’t be among society.

  15. Gene Sengstake says:

    While it is difficult to form these words and thoughts – I believe these little bastards as well as their parents whom I also believe probably share a lot of the culpability for the inception of this heinous deed – need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law – and if that turns out to be a mere slap on the wrist – then more needs to be done. This type of act needs to be treated with no less prosecution than if the torture and death of this poor defenseless animal had been inflicted upon a human being. And this is only one of the incidents we hear about. How many slip by unnoticed because the victim was “just an animal” – or these poor children just didn’t realize what they were doing. Any person committing this or a similar atrocity to any living creature needs to be dealt with in the most serious manner possible. These kinds of acts can not be tolerated – much less be allowed to be gotten away with – – -

  16. mandy-lou Dumesny-Blahut says:

    Reading this made me cry. This is sickening. I have 2 poms and I cant imagine anything so henious ever happening to them or to any other living creature. I would inflict those evil children with some punishments that I’m actually afraid to type and leave here for fear that I will bve called a monster. Lets just say they shouldnt ever ever be allowed to go near any living breathing creatures again. Imagine these demons near your baby!!!!!

  17. Steveareno says:

    Thankfully, most children develop normally with a healthy kinship with animals.
    This act is unconscionable and raises red flags with these youngsters’ future relationships with people as well as their treatment of animals in general.
    A serious message must be sent to those committing these kind of vile acts or they will continue to expand and learn to hide their evilness as they age.

  18. This is so awful that no words can describe it. Animal abuse takes unmeasurable proportions and we have to find way to stop it immediately. The suffering of innocent animals is getting worse by minutes. If we cannot do something about it, that means we as humans have nothing left inside us.

  19. Little bastards!!! Do you think they cannot do this to another animal or a child?? This is the way killers and rapers begin! Punish them and take them to a mental facility!

  20. Children know not to be cruel, it’s one of the first things they learn. So kids this sadistic have a sociopath tendency and I would not want to live anywhere near them because the next victims will be human. So they need treatment, therapy and some type of punishment to teach them that what they did, is abhorrent, unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

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