Demand Justice for Pit Bull Starved to Death

Target: Hamilton, Ohio Municipal Court Judge Daniel Gattermeyer

Goal: Demand that Elizabeth Lewis, a woman accused of starving her dog for a second time, be brought to justice.

Ohio resident Elizabeth Lewis was recently charged for starving her young pit bull, Bruiser, for the second time. The arrest came after a local resident reported an emaciated pit bull falling down the steps of Lewis’ apartment. Butler County Deputy Dog Warden Tonya Hanson responded to the report and had no choice but to order that the dog be taken to animal control and humanely euthanized. Hanson said it was the worst case of starvation she had seen in her 15 years of service. Bruiser was 10 months old.

What makes this incident truly sad is that it could have been avoided. In August 2012, Lewis was arrested and charged for the same crime, also involving Bruiser. He was only 4 months old at the time and weighed 17 pounds when he was rescued. Hamilton Municipal Court Judge Daniel Gattermeyer found Lewis not guilty. During the trial, Bruiser was cared for at Animal Friends Humane Society where he reached a healthy weight at 38 pounds. He was released back to Lewis after the trial.

Bruiser’s condition this time was so bad that Animal Friends Humane Society made a statement saying, “It was a miracle the dog could crawl out of the apartment. It couldn’t even stand. It was dying.” Lewis still denies she starved Brusier, stating that he had hereditary mange and refused to eat. If convicted she could receive up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Bruiser’s death has already made national headlines and spurred several other petitions and social media pages that all hope to bring some meaning to his death. Please sign the petition below to demand that Lewis be brought to justice. Bruiser’s life could have been spared if only Judge Gattermeyer had found Lewis guilty the first time. This kind of negligence when it comes to animal cruelty trials must be stopped and Bruiser’s life should serve as an example. These cases cannot be treated as though there isn’t anything at stake.


Dear Judge Gattermeyer,

In August last year you found Elizabeth Lewis, a woman accused of starving her 4-month-old pit bull puppy named Bruiser, not guilty despite the fact that the dog was nearly 20 pounds underweight. Lewis was recently arrested for the same crime, only this time Bruiser didn’t make it. He was so malnourished that the only option was to euthanize him.

Please do not make the same mistake twice. It is obvious that Lewis’ claim that Bruiser refused to eat is a lie. Anyone who truly cared for the dog’s welfare would have done what was necessary to keep him healthy, even if it meant giving him up. Bruiser’s life should not have been lost. Regardless of your decision in the previous trial, he should not have been returned to Lewis under any circumstances. Show the state of Ohio that you will not tolerate this kind of cruelty and give Elizabeth Lewis the sentencing she deserves.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Honor is no excuse your Ignorance!

  2. Kitten Resq says:

    Ohio seems to have one of the worse records for animal abuse. It’s about time these yahoo’s responsible are held to a higher standard for the animals.

  3. I rember the original case. This judge should be thrown off the bench. The sorry bastard has blood on his hands. As for the bitch that clearly enjoys starving animals to death, I wish ISIS would behead her useless ass.

  4. Jennifer G. says:

    I am so angry! If I lived in the area, I would have shot the bitch!

  5. susan dandorf says:

    does anyone remember the little girl who was returned to her mother and step father due to a JUDGE??? remember the step father KILLED HER AFTERWARDS??? this is the SAME SITUATION ONLY WITH A FURBABY!

  6. MARY PINES says:

    I want to kill her and the judge.

  7. We need stiffer laws and harsher punishments or there will never be a deterrent!

  8. Cynthia dsouza says:

    Hope tht bastrard drop dead for doing this

  9. angela lovett says:

    Andrew Helton : can you please remove your 2013 Petition to stop people from sharing it?? thanx

  10. i do not understand why something like this could be done…for fun…for evil reason. This person should be punished. Will she be? She should never have another animal.

  11. this bitch and judge should be executed just like .the dog went through.

  12. what kind of judge is this???? Blind??? Dumb???? Paid off by someone connected to this case???? Was he screwing the dog owner????? WTF??? Disbar this ignorant judge!!!!!

  13. The judge needs to be thrown off the bench and Elizabeth needs to be in jail for life and Starved to death herself. No dog can feed themselves. I have three dogs and they always come first. I just don’t under stand a lot of judges that pulls this shit and the shit needs to be beaten out of him for letting this bitch have the pup back. One day you two will be in front of God and he will cast you down to the devil and I really do hope God does just that. Both of you do not DESERVE TO LIVE PERIOD. Pets are suppose to be family to be loved not to be abused in any way and this IS ABUSE and you two NEED PRISON TIME FOR LIFE because you two are hateful people for NOT protecting a pet. One day GOD will get the two of you.Some times I wish that I were a judge and people like this come into my court room I WOULD NOT, WOULD NOT let the pet go back home to a abuser and the abuser would be in jail for life !!!!! People like this including the judge NEEDS A FING ROPE AND TREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SCREW YOU BOTH ANIMAL HATERS!!!!!!!!

  14. Cynthia dsouza says:


  15. Karron Symone Monique Spencer says:

    Disgusting excuse of a human

  16. Karron Symone Monique Spencer says:

    The judge should be investigated and questioned as to why he should be suspened pendin investigation

  17. Karron Symone Monique Spencer says:

    Further Investigation

  18. ginger kapp says:

    Our stupid society! They are the worst voice for an animal!

  19. Ellis Toscano says:

    Hope her uterus rots and falls out before she can breed. What a little POS.

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