Target: Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist
Goal: Seek the highest penalty for man who beat neighbor’s golden retriever with a hatchet.
Ricky Lee Knowles lured his neighbor’s dog and proceeded to mercilessly beat him until neighbors called police. Knowles trapped Kona, the golden retriever, tied him to a pole, and beat him with a hatchet, causing brain damage and extensive fractures on his head. Knowles pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges but avoided a felony charge that would have indicated that this man is a vicious threat to the public.
Knowles does not specify the catalyst to his rage, but admitted to enticing Kona with treats, locking him in the garage, and repeatedly striking the defenseless pet with a hatchet. One neighbor heard Kona screaming in agony and called 911, reporting, “He’s killing something in there, you have to come quick!”
Kona was not expected to live, but persevered through $5,000 worth of surgeries and physical therapy. He can now function, but is permanently psychologically damaged. His owner, Sam Hokinson, reports Kona still cowers at sudden movements.
Knowles was arrested and charged with first degree animal cruelty, theft, second-degree criminal trespass and taking, concealing, injuring or killing a pet or an animal. These charges equated to a class C felony. Ask the prosecutor to push for the highest punishment, one year in jail, for Knowles to show that Pierce County values the safety of all sentient life.
Dear Prosecutor Lindquist,
Please prosecute Ricky Lee Knowles to the fullest extent of the law. Disconnected from self-control, with unbridled rage, he is a threat to any human or animal who may upset him. As a remorseless defendant who could not articulate a reason for his actions, Knowles poses a concern to community members not only concerned about animal welfare, but arbitrary violence in all forms.
Please work to show that Pierce County will not tolerate vicious attacks on any subordinate being. Humanitarians and animal welfare advocates alike are livid because this animal possesses the same capacity as humans for joy, pain, anticipation, friendship, apprehension, and fear. Based on those traits, Kona deserves a moral consideration and legal protection. Thank you for prosecuting Knowles on behalf of the local and larger communities’ commitment to intolerance of egregious violent crimes in order preserve safety and justice.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: KOMO 4 News, Seattle, WA