Target: Tennessee Attorney General, Herbert H. Slatery III
Goal: Prosecute man arrested for starving his dogs to death, to the fullest extent of the law.
Memphis law enforcement arrested a man they say starved his dogs in cages, which ultimately led to the deaths of two of them. One of the dogs died before the arrest was made. Police found him wrapped in a plastic bag behind the residence. Two others were found locked in cages without any food or water, one of which had to be euthanized. An autopsy of the deceased pet showed that the dog had not eaten or drank for quite some time.
Police received a call to the North Memphis home after someone on the premises realized that three dogs were living in the backyard. They became concerned about the animals’ health, due to the living conditions they were forced to endure. The two surviving dogs at the time were rushed to Memphis Animal Services where one had to be put down because he had grown aggressive. The only surviving dog was taken by a local rescue group and is now receiving treatment.
Investigations later found that all three dogs belong to the arrested man. The police charged him for animal cruelty, and he served a brief amount of time in jail to pay for the terrible neglect of his pets. While overnight jail time is a good start, this kind of behavior requires more severe punishment to mete out real justice and discourage others from committing the same act.
Add your name to the petition to ensure all three dogs receive justice for the gross harm that was done to them, through a thorough investigation and prosecution of the arrested man to the fullest extent of the law.
Dear Tennessee Attorney General Slatery,
Local law enforcement in Memphis recently arrested a man after someone alerted the police to the poor living conditions of dogs in the backyard. The police found three dogs on the premises without any food or water. One of the dogs had already died and was wrapped in a bag in the yard. The other two were locked in cages.
The surviving animals were rushed to Memphis Animal Services, but one had to be put down for aggressive behavior, no doubt made worse by hunger. The other was taken in by a local animal shelter. An autopsy of the deceased dog was later done, and it showed that he had not received food or water for quite some time.
The act of starving a dog to death is not only cruel, but calls for true heartlessness on the part of the offender. What is even more disturbing is that he apparently did not feel remorse from his actions after the first dog died, or he would have given food and water to the other two that remained.
As a family man, you probably have pets in the household and can understand why this case is particularly horrible. If not, keep in mind that this kind of delinquent behavior often migrates up the food chain to become violent crimes against other men and women. With this in mind, we urge you to ensure this case is thoroughly investigated and that the man is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for his actions.
[Your Name Here]
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