Target: Jill R. Ravitch, Sonoma County District Attorney
Goal: Seek the maximum penalty for person purposefully poisoning horses and other animals.
A Sebastopol woman recently lost her horse and dog because someone placed poisonous cookies in their pasture. This action is thought to be purposeful since there were three piles of the cookies that had carrots, apples and oats in them. As we know, these are all foods that horses love–but they also contained oleander, which is a plant known to be poisonous to dogs, horses, cows and other animals.
It wasn’t until both of the animals started having reactions to the poison that she realized something was terribly wrong. At that point, she hurried her horse to the large animal veterinarian and asked a friend to transport her dog to a standard veterinarian right away. Upon returning home after painful goodbyes, the pet owner rushed home to search her pastures for poisonous mushrooms or something similar. This is when she discovered the heinous truth–her pets had deliberately been poisoned by cookies baked with oleander.
Although there haven’t been any cases in the area where solid proof of poisoning is found, there have been quite a few other ongoing investigations in the mysterious deaths of other animals including a cat, alpaca, llama and dog. This criminal made the conscious and premeditated decision to harm unknowing animals. Please sign this petition to ensure that the district attorney seeks maximum penalty at sentencing if the culprit is found.
Dear Ms. Ratvich,
I am writing this letter to urge you to seek the maximum penalty for anyone involved in the recent animal poisoning incidents in Sebastopol. As you know, these incidents and other animal deaths are being investigated and there is a person of interest being questioned.
Upon being charged, I urge you to seek the utmost maximum penalty for this sadistic person. These animals know no better than to trust a human giving them treats purposefully made with foods these animals are known to love. This act was one of deliberate cruelty and must be dealt with as such.
In the Sebastopol area, there have been similar incidents of mysterious animal deaths, but none have been proven to be purposeful killings. Further investigation may reveal that these crimes are deliberate and related, at which point the perpetrator should be charged with all cases of poisoning and be subject to the maximum penalty in each.
As you may know, hurting animals is one step away from hurting human beings; once this individual is desensitized to one act of violence or cruelty, they will almost certainly act on this impulse again. Please seek the maximum legal penalty to deter this perpetrator from hurting anything or anyone else.
[Your Name Here]
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