Target: Honorable City Court Judge Debra Givens
Goal: To charge two teenagers with the maximum sentence allowed for aggravated animal abuse
Recently, two teenagers from Buffalo, New York admitted to setting a 16-week-old puppy on fire. There was no clear motive given as to why these two decided to commit such a horrific act against a helpless animal. After facing a judge, these teenagers may face between 16 months and four years in prison.
The two teenagers responsible for this heinous crime are Diondre Brown and Adell Zeigler. They admitted to holding the defenseless puppy down while they doused him with lighter fluid. Shortly after, they set the puppy on fire and left him on the street to die. After some time, a concerned passerby spotted the puppy and called the police; the puppy was still on fire when the passerby saw him.
Fortunately, the puppy survived this unwarranted attack. He has been named “Phoenix” and is slowly improving after receiving care at Buffalo Small Animal Hospital. Although Phoenix is improving, he is still fighting the effects of the cruelty committed against him. He has extensive burns all over his body and is in need of several skin grafts. Veterinarians have said that large portions of his ears had to be amputated due to severe burns. Phoenix is also at risk of losing one of his hind legs as a result of his injuries.
Proper action needs to be taken against these teens. They willingly and knowingly chose to abuse a helpless and defenseless puppy and should face adequate consequences. They should be punished with the maximum sentence allowed for their actions; 16 months is nowhere near enough to sufficiently punish them for their crime. Anything less than the maximum sentence allowed is just a slap on the wrist.
Crimes of animal cruelty like this should not be taken lightly. These teenagers could repeat the crime or possibly do worse because not enough emphasis was placed on the gravity of the crime. Sign the petition below to urge Honorable City Court Judge Debra Givens to give these teens the maximum sentence allowed for their horrendous crime against Phoenix.
Dear Honorable City Court Judge Debra Givens,
Please help in seeking justice for a puppy named Phoenix. Phoenix recently suffered a heinous crime at the hands of Diondre Brown and Adell Zeigler. They doused him with lighter fluid, set him on fire, and left him on the street to die. Action needs to be taken to ensure that these teens are given a punishment that fits their crime.
I am urging you to give them the maximum sentence allowed for aggravated animal abuse. Cases of animal abuse like this cannot be taken lightly. If they are merely given a slap on the wrist, they are more than likely to repeat their crime; they might even do far worse if given the opportunity. Please take action to ensure that these criminals do not get away with insufficient punishment for their crime against Phoenix.
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