Target: Magisterial District Judge Elizabeth S. Beckley
Goal: Reprimand callous treatment of pet pit bulls and encourage stricter consequences for animal abusers
A Pennsylvania man faces animal cruelty charges after severely abusing his two pet pit bulls for almost eight months. Travis Jamal Fults of Derry Township was accused of using a Taser on the two pit bulls and abusing the dogs with curtain rods, broken broom handles and even mallets.
Fults’ girlfriend, interviewed by Derry Township police, stated that the abuse started when the pit bulls began going to the bathroom in the apartment, instead of outside like they had been trained. Fults would kick, hit and scold them and when his girlfriend tried to intervene, he threatened that “…she would get hit too.”
The pit bulls, named Karmello and Shell Shocks, endured unthinkable abuse at the hands of Fults, who admitted confidently to numerous neighbors that he abused the dogs. When examined and x-rayed by a local animal clinic, both pit bulls had broken jaws and Shell Shocks had a pronounced limp. The dogs also had numerous welts on their heads, cuts to their legs and seemed despondent. A search of Fults’ apartment revealed that the dogs were kept in a small cage located in a dingy, poorly lit closet and sleeping on torn up pieces of foam bedding. The dogs are currently being cared for at a local humane society.
Per Pennsylvania law, Fults faces a paltry fine of up to $1,000 and possible jail time. Because this is his first offense, he is more likely to be subjected to the former. Sign the petition to reprimand Fults for the heartless abuse of his pet pit bulls and encourage Pennsylvania law makers to issue stricter consequences for animal abuse.
Dear Judge Beckley,
A young man by the name of Travis Fults was recently convicted of tormenting and abusing his pet pit bulls with Tasers, broom handles and even mallets. Although his bail is set at $50,000, Fults stands to walk away from this offense with nothing but a paltry $1,000 fine. The pain he inflicted on these helpless animals is truly unforgivable, and more should be done to reprimand him for his callous behavior. If he is able to administer this abuse onto animals, there’s no telling what he could do to other animals, or even people.
I encourage you to recognize the severity of this man’s actions and convict him accordingly. Pennsylvania laws and consequences against animal abusers are in need of a reformation. Simply put, the repercussions aren’t strict enough. Travis Fults does not deserve to be a pet owner and his conviction should make him truly sorry for what he has done to these innocent animals.
[Your Name Here]
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