Target: Joel Fitzgerald, Fort Worth Chief of Police
Goal: Don’t charge woman for rescuing a severely neglected dog from her allegedly abusive owner.
Shelby Corker was arrested by the Fort Worth Police Department on the 22nd of October for rescuing an underweight dog with no tag, collar or microchip found wandering in the street. The 25-year-old woman took the female Saint-Bernard to her family veterinarian and paid for the dog’s vaccination and medical care, which included treating her for malnutrition, yeast infections in both ears, a polyp near her eye and a skin infection.
The dog’s owner tracked down Ms. Corker on social media and requested she return his dog, but she refused to do so as the dog had been badly neglected. This was confirmed by a letter from her veterinarian, Dr. Kelly Bruner, addressed to Fort Worth police stating that the dog was 30 pounds underweight and “did not appear to have been receiving a good standard of care.” The man filed a report with the police claiming Ms. Corker had stolen his dog. She was arrested and the severely emaciated Saint-Bernard was handed back to her owner.
Instead of being rewarded for her charitable act of rescuing a dog in need and for paying for her veterinary care, Ms. Corker was instead taken into custody. Meanwhile, Fort Worth Animal Care and Control, to whom the dog was taken following the arrest, turned the Saint-Bernard back to the person who was allegedly responsible for her not receiving proper nutrition and medical care.
Sign the petition below to urge the Fort Worth Police Department to drop theft charges against Shelby Corker and fully investigate the dog’s condition. The allegedly neglectful owner needs to be charged with animal abuse for malnourishing his dog and not affording her much-needed veterinary care.
Dear Police Chief Fitzgerald,
Shelby Corker was unjustly arrested by the Fort Worth Police Department after rescuing an emaciated Saint-Bernard female who was found with no tag, collar or microchip. The dog was 30 pounds underweight and suffered from a host of medical issues including a polyp near her eye, yeast infections in both ears and a skin infection causing hair loss.
In a letter addressed to your police department, Ms. Corker’s veterinarian, Dr. Kelly Bruner, clearly expressed that the dog “did not appear to have been receiving a good standard of care” in her owner’s custody. This important information was however ignored and the malnourished dog was returned to a person allegedly guilty of not giving her the nutrition and medical care he is legally required to.
I urge you to drop theft charges against Ms. Corker — a young woman who was simply trying to help an animal in need — and fully investigate the Saint-Bernard’s owner for allegedly failing to provide his animal with proper nutrition and veterinary care.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Frances N. Finley