Target: South Carolina Circuit Judge Letitia Verdin
Goal: Thank Judge Verdin for sending a cruel man, who dragged a dog with his car, to jail for over ten years
A man in South Carolina faced animal cruelty charges after tying his dog’s front legs to his vehicle and then driving at high speeds. Witnesses say that the dog tried to keep up, but the skin on her back legs was torn apart in the process. After two miles of being dragged, the dog was left for dead. Earlier this month, South Carolina Circuit Judge Letitia Verdin, who oversaw the trial of this sadistic man, sent him to jail for over ten years for his horrific actions.
Roger Dennis Owens claimed that excessive drinking caused him to strap his pit bull mix to the back of his truck and drag her for two miles. Judge Verdin did not buy that defense for a second, saying, “I can’t imagine treating another living thing like this, and about the best defense you can put up…was that you were driving drunk.” She also stated that the dog’s injuries were “one of the cruelest things” that she had ever seen.
The dog was found on the side of the road by good samaritans who followed a trail of blood to the injured animal. They wrapped the dog’s shredded back legs in blankets and brought her to an animal clinic. The animal rescue volunteer stated that the dog gave kisses while she laid in pain.
Owens plead guilty to all charges against him and was seeking a sentence of five years in prison, but Judge Verdin sentenced him to more than double that amount of time. Owens received five years and six months for habitual traffic offenses and five years for animal cruelty, the maximum sentence in South Carolina.
By sentencing Owens to the maximum sentence associated with animal cruelty, Judge Verdin sent a message that torturing animals will not be tolerated in South Carolina. By signing the petition below, you will send Judge Verdin a message of gratitude for standing up for animal welfare.
Dear Judge Verdin,
I was pleased to hear that you sentenced Roger Dennis Owens, who dragged his dog behind his vehicle, to the maximum sentence of five years for his charge of animal cruelty. Additionally sentencing him to five years and six months for traffic violations also gives this sadistic man more time to reflect on the cruelty he administered to a helpless animal.
Thank you for sending a message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in South Carolina and for standing up for animal welfare.
[Your Name Here]
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