Target: St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway
Goal: Fully prosecute the two women who allegedly abused animals by leaving them in feces-covered cages without food or water.
Two women, Patricia Gates Scites and Veronica Anne Faulseit, in St. Petersburg, Florida, were arrested recently after authorities were alerted of possible animal neglect occurring in Faulseit’s home. Animal control officers raided the home and found more than 40 animals including 22 dogs, 14 puppies, 15 cats, raccoons, ducks, birds and an opossum who were living in deplorable conditions in their own feces and without adequate food or water.
Animals were allegedly being kept in cages outside the home in a carport where they were barking so incessantly it worried neighbors. Some of the dogs had clear signs of ringworm, others were malnourished. One dog had staples in its head. Litter boxes were filthy and overflowing. The raccoons were overcrowded in a cage covered in urine and feces, and numerous cats were found covered in urine and feces as well. Some of the animals had no water at all, while others had water dishes filled with cloudy water and feces floating in it. Authorities could not find any medical records to show if the animals had been receiving any proper veterinary care.
The two women ran an animal rescue group, All Creatures Great and Small Wildlife Inc., where they had a permit to rehabilitate wildlife. Unfortunately, this is not what was occurring. Faulseit would often take in foster pets from the local animal services, but her account was frozen after authorities discovered she had not returned the pets.
Luckily, these neglected animals are now being treated under veterinary care and kept at animal services. However, these women allegedly performed sickening acts of animal cruelty and neglect and need to face the consequences for their actions if so. Demand these women receive the maximum punishment for their heinous animal neglect.
Dear Chief Holloway,
Patricia Gates Scites and Veronica Anne Faulseit were arrested recently after animal control officers raided Faulseit’s home and allegedly found more than 40 animals including 22 dogs, 14 puppies, 15 cats, raccoons, ducks, birds and an opossum who were living in deplorable conditions in their own feces and without adequate food or water. Many of the animals were diseased and malnourished, living in overcrowded conditions where they were covered in their own urine and feces.
These women contributed in running an animal rescue group and even had a permit to help rehabilitate wildlife, but instead they committed sickening acts of animal cruelty and neglect. This kind of behavior under the guise of helping animals must be punished. I urge you to punish these women with the maximum penalty under law if they are convicted for their crimes.
[Your Name Here]
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