Target: Yavapai County Attorney, Sheila Polk
Goal: Demand justice for a man who threw a puppy from his moving vehicle
Earlier this month, a 27-year-old Arizona man was witnessed throwing a young puppy out of a moving vehicle that was reportedly going over 50 miles per hour. Thankfully, the dog survived, although vets believe that it has suffered significant brain damage after going through the horrific ordeal.
Several witnesses helped the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office identify and arrest Joseph Kennedy on animal cruelty charges after seeing him throw a puppy out of his truck window while the vehicle was in motion. Kennedy reportedly resisted arrest and was also found with drugs on his property. His young child, who was in the vehicle at the time the puppy was thrown, was taken into custody by child protective services.
According to AZFamily.com, the puppy received emergency treatment and has found a loving home with MaryAnn Canning, who named it Hope. She says that the puppy is deaf and blind in one eye as a result of the incident, but Hope is on the mend. “She’s doing so well—that’s the best part of the story as far as I’m concerned,” Canning said. She was also pleased to learn of the arrest of Kennedy saying, “I was really happy, really really happy. Really relieved that Hope is going to get some justice.”
Kennedy is currently in custody of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and is being held on a $17,500 bond. Violence against animals is often an indicator of future violence against other people. After showing such blatant disregard to the life of a young puppy, who knows what violent act Kennedy may do next.
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage Yavapai County Attorney, Sheila Polk to sentence Kennedy to six months in prison and a $2,500 fine for knowingly subjecting this puppy to cruelty.
Dear Ms. Sheila Polk,
I was shocked to learn that 27-year-old Arizona man Joseph Kennedy was witnessed throwing a young puppy out of his moving vehicle, causing the animal severe brain damage. Later, Kennedy resisted arrest and was also found with drugs on his property.
Violence towards animals often indicates future violence towards other people. Kennedy is clearly a dangerous individual and should be sentenced to the harshest penalty for animal cruelty under Arizona law, six months in prison and a $2,500 fine.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: AirBeagle from Brentwood, CA, USA via Wikimedia Commons