Target: Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Goal: Find and prosecute the people responsible for dragging a dog behind a van.
A dog was seen being cruelly dragged behind a van while it drove around an industrial state earlier this week, and the culprits have yet to be found or identified. A passerby took photos of the horrific ordeal in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, right before the dog was pulled into the van and driven away. The people responsible for this cruelty must be tracked down so that they can be prosecuted. The deliberate harm of an animal is a crime under the Animal Welfare Act of 2006, and if convicted they will face a fine or six months in prison.
According to the witness, the tan lurcher dog was forced to do three laps of the Fenton Industrial Estate while the passengers in the back of the van pulled it after them on a lead, laughing. The witness said the dog looked exhausted, and guessed that its feet must have been mangled by the tarmac surface of the road. The dog had no choice but to run after the van or else be dragged by the lead, and its tormentors seemed to be doing this despicable act for no reason other than their own entertainment.
Worst of all, the dog is still with these people, most likely living with them as a pet. If this incident of cruelty is anything to go by, it is highly likely that the dog is living in horrible conditions and being regularly abused. These people must be identified and prosecuted for their actions so that the dog can be relocated to a rehabilitation center or a safe permanent home.
The RSPCA is investigating the crime and searching for any relevant information, and they need support to bring these people to justice for their animal welfare crime. This mistreated dog deserves a better life, and its tormentors must be prosecuted for their actions. Sign the petition below to urge the Staffordshire police department to take every action to support the investigation and track the culprits down so that they can be held responsible for their crime.
Dear Commissioner Ellis,
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is currently conducting an animal welfare investigation into photos showing a dog being cruelly dragged behind a van while it drove around an industrial estate. The passengers in the back of the van were pulling the dog on a lead, so that it had no choice but to run after them or be dragged. The photos were taken by a passerby just before they pulled the dog into the van and drove away with it. These people must be identified and prosecuted for their actions, and the RSPCA needs support in tracking them down.
According to the Animal Welfare Act of 2006, the deliberate harm of an animal is a crime that merits either a fine or six months in prison. The dog was clearly exhausted and in pain, and the people in the van were laughing as they dragged it for three laps around the estate; clearly this abuse was deliberate. The dog deserves to be given a better home away from its abusers.
I am urging you to make every effort to identify and locate the people responsible for this crime. Please take action to ensure that the dog is given a safe home and that its abusers are prosecuted for their actions.
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Photo Credit: RSPCA/PA