Target: Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato
Goal: Arrest, charge, and convict abusive dog owner for gassing his dog to death
On April 14th, a man from Toms River, New Jersey killed his dog, named Mocha, with car exhaust fumes. The Prosecutor’s Office of Ocean County is investigating the case after local authorities decided not to press charges. According to Toms River Assistant Attorney Anthony Merlino, the owner hooked a line from a car’s exhaust to a crate after having locked Mocha inside. There were several people who witnessed the horrific scene, including a female neighbor who pleaded with the owner to stop. The alleged reason behind this cruel act was for the owner to euthanize his dog. Makeshift carbon-monoxide chambers, such as Mocha’s crate and exhaust line, are said to be painful. The vital organs of dogs fail before they become unconscious, which leads to an incredible amount of pain.
Monmouth County SPCA Chief Law Enforcement Officer Victor Amato, who is not involved in this case, has said that it is illegal to euthanize animals using car exhaust. In Monmouth County, anyone who uses exhaust to kill an animal is charged with animal cruelty. Amato states that he had charged someone in Keansburg with animal cruelty for using car exhaust to kill a cat, and the person was ultimately convicted. If an animal does need to be euthanized, it should only be a last resort to spare the animal from further suffering. In general, euthanasia should be done humanely at a veterinary clinic.
Please sign this petition to demand justice for Mocha and to punish his cruel, abusive owner.
Dear Prosecutor Coronato,
It is incomprehensible to me that the owner of Mocha the dog, who was cruelly killed in a makeshift gas chamber, has not been convicted of his crimes yet. Animals deserve to be protected. By refusing to press charges against this man, you are supporting cruelty towards animals and encouraging more acts of abuse to occur in the future. Animals cannot defend themselves, so it is up to you to enforce laws and punishments against acts of cruelty.
I urge you and law officials to stop turning your backs on cases like Mocha’s and start enforcing laws that carry felony charges for animal abuse. I ask for immediate action and attention to this case. Do not allow more dogs to endure the same fate as Mocha.
[Your Name Here]
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