Target: Torrington Fire Chief Gary Brunoli
Goal: Terminate the Torrington Fire Department employee that advocated the brutal, sadistic murder of pit bulls on a public forum
A fire department employee in Torrington, Connecticut recently used city-owned computers to post public forum comments advocating the brutal murder of pit bulls. Deputy Fire Marshal Richard Prince encouraged readers of a Facebook page titled “The Pit Bull Propaganda Machine Revealed” to employ disgusting, sadistic tactics if they were attacked or felt threatened by a pit bull. Prince recommended that readers wrap duct tape around the dog’s snout until it is unable to breathe, spray household chemicals into the dog’s eyes, thrust a screwdriver through its eyes and “hopefully into his brain,” or use a sledgehammer to break the animal’s back.
The 24-year fire department veteran referred to pit bulls as “mutants” throughout his sadistic rantings, and even went so far as to recommend sodomizing the dog with something “long and cylindrical like a shovel handle.” To finish the dog off, Prince suggested dragging it to a nearby lake or pool and drowning it, or using a knife to “gut it like a fish.”
Although Prince has been demoted from his position at the Torrington Fire Department for violating city policy by using city equipment and city time to publish some of his graphic posts, he has not been fired. Not only were Prince’s actions a complete misuse of company property, but his sadistic behavior is not conducive to someone who has committed their life to protecting local residents. Prince’s support of animal abuse and torture shows a complete lack of compassion and moral character, making him ill-suited for a position with the fire department.
By signing this petition, you will be urging the Torrington Fire Chief to permanently relieve Prince of his position with the department and set a precedent that this kind of cruel, sadistic behavior will not be tolerated.
Dear Chief Brunoli,
I was shocked to learn of the actions of 24-year firefighter veteran Richard Prince. Advocating the torture and murder of pit bulls—d using city-owned property to do so—is morally reprehensible and must not be tolerated.
While I commend you for recognizing that Prince’s actions were inappropriate and unnecessarily graphic, simply stripping him of his Deputy Fire Marshal title is not punishment enough for his sadistic behavior. An individual who uses department-owned equipment and time to advocate drowning, stabbing, suffocating, and sodomizing animals is not suited for a position with the Torrington Fire Department.
I urge you to permanently relieve Richard Prince of his remaining responsibilities and duties at the Torrington Fire Department. Do not let the appalling actions of this sadistic man tarnish the reputation of your department.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: SLCo Pit Crew via Flickr