Target: Fort Collins Municipal Court
Goal: Impart full sentence of animal cruelty charges on dog trainer
In October of 2012, the Larimer Humane Society cited Tami Carrasco for animal cruelty. Carrasco is the owner of American Dog School, and had operated the training facility for more than twenty years without incident. However, this school’s award-winning reputation came to a halt when a thirteen-week-old purebred German Shepherd was returned to his owners with blunt force trauma and injuries. These injuries later resulted in the removal of the puppy’s right eye.
The puppy, Baron, had attended the school for five or six training sessions before he was boarded at the facility. It was after his boarding that the injuries were present. Carrasco later told The Coloradoan that upon handing Baron over to his owners, a change in disposition and evidence of injury were present. A medical report from the Colorado State Veterinary Teaching Hospital noted multiple fractures to the puppy’s face and the formation of a pocket of blood behind the right eyeball. The report also included record of a CT scan that confirmed the initial diagnoses. According to The Coloradoan, a veterinarian at the hospital described Baron’s injuries as being similar to those that would be suffered if he had been in a “head-on collision with a car.”
In April of 2013, Carrasco denied a plea bargain that, in exchange for a guilty plea, would require her to receive an anger management evaluation and have no contact with animals for two years. If she had accepted, she would have received no jail time and would have been allowed unsupervised probation. Recently, she has instead pleaded not guilty, and has requested a two-day jury trial. If found guilty, she faces between six and eighteen months in jail and a fine of between $500 and $5,000.
By refusing the plea bargain and pleading not guilty, Carrasco is denying any responsibility for Baron’s injuries. Regardless of whether she or a member of her staff inflicted Baron’s injuries, any incident that occurred while Baron was boarded at her business is her responsibility. If the jury finds her guilty, urge the court to impart the full sentence allowed for her crime.
Dear Fort Collins Municipal Court,
Tami Carrasco has owned American Dog School for over twenty years. During this time, the school has received multiple recognitions and accolades, all of which Carrasco has been proud to advertise on her business’s website. However, in October of 2012 Carrasco was cited with animal cruelty charges after a German Shepherd puppy that was boarded at her facility returned home with notable head injuries. These injuries led to the removal of the puppy’s eye. She has recently pleaded not guilty to these charges.
If Carrasco can accept credit for her business’s successes, then she must also accept responsibility for its failures. Regardless of whether the puppy’s injuries were a result of her actions or those of her staff, any incident that occurs at her business is her responsibility. Due to the care her business failed to provide, a puppy must live the rest of his life without an eye.
Carrasco is set to undergo a jury trial. If the jury finds her guilty, we are urging the court to sentence her to the full extent allowed for the crime committed.
[Your Name Here]
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