Target: Brandy Cook, District Attorney of Rowan County, NC
Goal: Recommend harsh prison sentence for man who allegedly nearly killed a puppy by violently stabbing it multiple times, if found guilty.
A puppy was allegedly stabbed several times by a man with a hunting knife. We need to take action to ensure this man is given a harsh legal sentence if he is found guilty of this thoughtless and violent act.
Neighbors indicated the man was house sitting for a couple, who likely gave the homeless man the job to be nice. One neighbor claimed she called the police after she witnessed the man stab the dog multiple times while the dog was yelping. According to authorities, the man used an eight-inch hunting knife to commit the act. Phillip John Shoemaker reportedly told police he stabbed the dog because it bit him. However, he could have simply walked or ran away from the animal if this had been the case.
Although the dog was able to get away and did receive treatment, it is not yet known if the dog will survive. Sadly, this man has also been accused by neighbors of hurting other pets.
Urge the district attorney to suggest this man be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if he is found guilty of this senseless crime. No animal deserves to be treated in such a disgusting manner.
Dear District Attorney Cook,
A man has been accused of stabbing a dog multiple times with a hunting knife. If he is found guilty, it is important that he be severely legally penalized in order to better ensure other animals will remain safe.
According to neighbors, Philip John Shoemaker was house sitting for the couple, who may have given the job to the homeless man to try and help him out. A person who lived near the couple said she called the police when she allegedly noticed Shoemaker stabbing the dog multiple times while the dog was crying in pain. Although he claims that he stabbed the dog because it bit him, the man should never have responded in such a violent manner.
While the dog was able to get veterinary care for its wounds, it may not survive since the damage was so severe. In addition, neighbors claim that they had to stop Shoemaker from kicking dogs and committing various acts of violence against other pets.
It is for these reasons that I urge you to suggest this man be given a harsh legal penalty if he is found guilty. No dog deserves to be abused by the person who is supposed to be ensuring the animal is receiving the best possible care.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Rowan County Sheriff’s Office