Target: Chris Blair, Sheriff of Marion County, Florida
Goal: Identify and prosecute the perpetrator of a grievous act of violence against two horses
An unknown individual recently injected two horses in Marion County, Florida with gasoline, killing one and critically injuring the other. No personal motive has been found for this heinous act. The culprit remains unidentified, free to inflict more violence on animals (and perhaps even people) that he or she demonstrably has no regard for.
John Hoogerhyde and Leah Greenleaf, the owners of the horses, are neighbors. Recently Mr. Hoogerhyde found a blood spot on the shoulder of his seventeen-year old mare, Jolean. The spot grew into a bump, and the horse became lethargic. Unfortunately, she had to be put down before the cause of her illness could be determined. A necropsy demonstrated that she had been injected with gasoline. The doctor performing the necropsy said there was “so much gasoline, it smelled like someone had poured a five-gallon can of gasoline on her.”
Two days later Hoogerhyde’s neighbor, Ms. Greenleaf, found similar symptoms in her six-year old horse, Kate: a puncture wound on the neck resembling a bug bite, swelling, and the strong odor of gasoline. Thankfully, because the cause of Jolean’s death had already been found, Greenleaf was able to get timely treatment for Kate. But Kate is suffering senselessly, and deserves justice.
Hoogerhyde and Greenleaf have no known enemies, and no inkling as to why someone would want to harm these innocent animals. A devastated Hoogerhyde said of Jolean, “She’s a pleasure. She’s my companion. She’s the daughter of my two horses. She’s my baby. If you’re the person that’s doing this to our horses, just come forward. Stop it now.”
The person who inflicted such brutality upon these two horses is still at large, still unknown, and capable of engendering further violence upon other animals, though Hoogerhyde and Greenleaf have set up surveillance cameras and moved their animals to safety. Urge the local sheriff’s office to do all in its power to bring perpetrator to justice.
Dear Marion County Sheriff’s Office,
We urge you to carry out, to your fullest capabilities, a thorough investigation into the circumstances behind the recent violence inflicted upon two horses in your jurisdiction, which led to the death of one and the grave illness of the other. The person responsible for this senseless and coldblooded act, who is guilty of trespassing upon personal property, damage to personal property, and extreme animal cruelty, remains an unidentified and present danger to other animals in the area, perhaps even to humans.
Please leave no stone unturned in your search for the perpetrator, and claim justice for these two animals and their devastated owners.
[Your Name Here]
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