Target: Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr., Bucks County Court
Goal: Applaud jail time and psychiatric evaluation for repeated animal abuser.
A man will spend up to two years in prison after being convicted of animal cruelty for his brutal and repeated abuse of a dog. Christopher George of Norristown, Pennsylvania pleaded no contest to beating a dog that belonged to his girlfriend and her children. Over time, suspicious injuries began to appear that were covered up with lies until one day, the family returned home to find the boxer, named Rocky, covered in blood and left outside.
The owner immediately took the injured dog to a veterinarian who found that he had 23 broken ribs in various states of healing, suggesting ongoing abuse. The dog also suffered from a puncture wound and bloody paws. Months of previous abuse had caused Rocky to lose weight and become so withdrawn that the owner previously had him tested for cancer. Fortunately, Rocky lived and has since made remarkable strides toward mental recovery.
Unbeknownst to Rocky’s owner, her now-ex boyfriend was hiding an unsettling history of animal abuse. George pleaded guilty in 2003 to animal cruelty charges for kicking three puppies, which again belonged to a girlfriend, to death. He was fined, placed on house arrest, and eventually given probation.
For his crime, George will serve between one and two years in a correctional facility before spending five years on probation. He will undergo psychiatric evaluations, be banned from owning animals, and be required to perform 100 hours of community service. Especially considering how many animal abusers get off nearly scot-free, it is refreshing to see justice for this poor dog. Sign the petition below to praise the court’s harsh stance as well as its mandate of psychiatric evaluation, which could help ensure that George does not re-offend.
Dear Judge Bateman,
A man responsible for the repeated beating of a dog has been sentenced to up to two years in prison and five years probation. Christopher George, who abused a girlfriend’s dog over a period of several months, will also undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Especially considering George’s history of animal abuse, this sentence will help bring justice to the animals he has abused in the past. Not only will it serve as a punishment, but the mental health care will help decrease the chance of recidivism. We, the undersigned, thank you for taking a tough stance against this cruel offender.
[Your Name Here]
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