Prosecute Woman for Allegedly Making Son Shoot Puppy

Target: Angela A. Bello, District Attorney of Nye County, Nevada

Goal: Pursue the maximum punishment for woman accused of stealing neighbor’s puppy and forcing her teenage son to kill it.

A puppy named Duke was reportedly shot because it ate a woman’s ducks. If the alleged perpetrator is not punished to the fullest extent of the law, she may hurt many more innocent animals.

Maria Christina Furtado is accused of stealing her neighbor’s puppy dog Duke and driving it out to the desert with her kids. She then apparently made her teenage son shoot the animal. The saddest part about this story is that the dog is thought to have not died instantly, an indication that it suffered before finally taking its last breath.

Furtado’s alleged actions not only showed an extreme amount of cruelty towards the dog, but it is highly likely that her son will feel a great deal of guilt after thinking about his participation in the crime. It is further possible that he may need years of therapy just to be able to cope with the situation.

Sign this petition and demand this woman be given the severest penalty for these very inhumane actions, including 20 years in prison for child endangerment, if she is found guilty of committing this disgusting crime. Innocent animals don’t deserve to die in this manner, and children should never be used to commit these types of heinous acts.


Dear Ms. Bello,

A woman was accused of making her son shoot a dog after she realized the dog ate her ducks. If she is not punished to the fullest extent of the law, many more defenseless animals will likely meet her wrath.

Maria Christina Furtado is accused of stealing a dog, driving it to the desert and coaxing her son to shoot it. Unfortunately, some people have surmised that the dog was still alive after it had been shot, making death an all too welcome visitor under the circumstances.

While treating an animal with this much cruelty is never acceptable, it is also unacceptable to use a minor for the purpose of committing such serious crimes. Furthermore, because of Furtado’s alleged actions in forcing her son to help her, the boy may suffer mental anguish when he realizes the entirety of the situation.

For all of these reasons, I urge you to push to give Furtado the maximum penalty for both abusing an innocent animal and for taking advantage of an unsuspecting child. No animal deserves to be treated in this manner, and children certainly don’t deserve to be used as pawns in serious crimes involving inexcusable acts of animal cruelty.


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  1. I am without words to even believe this horrible act that this stupid, cruel, hateful , bitch did to this dog and her son. She is not only teaching her children the wrong thing but I worked in a state prison and killing animals led to killing and mutilation of people and child abuse. She needs to be stopped and it’s to bad her son didn’t shoot her instead.

  2. Ok, maybe I should not have called her a bitch, I should just have called her a killer.

  3. Christine Stewart says:

    The woman should have confronted the owners of the dog, and demanded the dog be confined, caged, etc, so that it could not eat any more of her ducks. She should not have stolen the dog and then made her son shoot it. The ducks deserve justice too- they didn’t need to be killed and eaten by the dog. But this woman wanted revenge, not justice, so she turned vigilante.

  4. I agree there should be some form of punishment for this wretchedly cruel and highly stupid act. I agree that if it is true, it is theft, animal cruelty and child abuse. I however do not agree with 20 years imprisonment. Maybe some jail time, serious counselling for both she and her son, and community service working in an animal shelter with supervision.

  5. By looking at this evil face any one can figure out how cruel she could be. Such violent psychotic individuals needs to be punished to the maximum possible way. This woman has taught her son also be a vicious individual by asking him to murder the helpless Puppy. This is a Killer woman and should be given sufficient punishment to fit the crime.

  6. David Foster says:

    Are you people for real?
    If you’d stop your love affair with guns and become truly humane there’d be far less killing of ALL types!

  7. Heather Brophy says:


  8. Simon Wooliscroft says:

    No defenceless animal should be killed for following it’s instincts when it knows no better. Any child told to kill by his mother will think killing’s alright and may go on to kill others, maybe even people, later in life.

  9. Jean-Louis Rubens says:


  10. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

  11. what a DEMONIC witch !!

  12. She’s a monster — she belongs in a rubber room — throw this idiot in jail — how this sweet innocent puppy must’ve suffered — Mrs. Furtado’s punishment should be VERY SEVERE — lengthy jail time & a HIGH MONETARY PENALTY is in order — SHE HAD NO RIGHT TO TORTURE NOR TO KILL little Duke! Ensure there are NO REPEATS of such crimes against animals.

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