Target: Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric J. Smith
Goal: Punish two men who left a dog to freeze to death behind a Walmart.
A dog attempted to chew off its own leg after being abandoned at a Walmart store in Michigan. Two men were caught on security camera attaching the dog to a fence with a cable and leaving her outside of the back of the store in subfreezing temperatures. When the dog was found later in the day, the cable had become entangled around her body. In an attempt to get free, the dog chewed off her left back paw and ingested it.
Courtney was rescued and underwent emergency surgery to amputate the leg and remove bones from her stomach. Guardians for Animals, an animal rescue group, is offering a $1,000 reward for finding those responsible, and an investigation is underway to find the suspects. The dog, which has been named Courtney by the rescuers, is recovering well and is said to be friendly and happy.
Animal abandonment is bad enough, but the methods these men used to abandon this dog deserve punishment to the full extent of the law. They chained her up so she wouldn’t be able to follow them, leaving her to sit behind a store for hours in subfreezing temperatures. It’s a miracle that Courtney was able to survive this treatment, let alone be friendly and loving after such cruelty.
When these men are caught, they deserve the harshest possible punishment available for the crime. This was a calculated act, as they brought the dog to the store with a cable to lock her up. They showed no concern for her well being, and their actions could easily have killed her. Encourage the Macomb County prosecutor to punish these men to the fullest extent of the law for their calculated abuse.
Dear Mr. Smith,
Roseville police are currently searching for two men in connection with the abandonment of a dog at Roseville’s Walmart store. The dog, named Courtney, was chained up to a fence with a cable and left outside in below-freezing temperatures. As time passed, the cable became entangled around the dog’s body, restricting what little movement she had. Panicked and freezing, Courtney chewed off part of one of her paws to escape confinement. Courtney was rescued later that day and underwent emergency surgery to amputate her leg and remove bone shards from her stomach after she consumed her own paw.
This isn’t a simple case of animal abandonment—this is outright cruelty. These men abandoned the dog in a place where she would be unlikely to be found, cruelly chaining her up in temperatures that could have easily killed her. They could have turned the dog over to a shelter, found another owner, or left her somewhere where she was more likely to be found. When these men are caught, the deserve punishment to the full extent of the law. This isn’t just animal abandonment but calculated animal cruelty. Please ensure that these men are punished for their crimes.
[Your Name Here]
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