Target: California Attorney General, Kamala Harris
Goal: Prosecute couple charged with neglecting 19 dogs to the fullest extent of the law.
Police arrested a homeless couple in relation to animal cruelty charges involving 19 dogs. Two of the animals suffered such severe neglect that animal services had no choice but to euthanize them. The couple responsible, Bomon Jeong and Linda Espinoza, both spent some time in jail for the charges. Espinoza has since been released on bail but Jeong remains behind bars.
The homeless couple originally attracted the attention of law enforcement when they parked their U-Haul in a residential community. Reports say that when the police arrived to check on them, they detected a strong smell of ammonia. They then found the neglected dogs crammed into crates in the back of the U-Haul.
The dogs ranged from as young as two years old to as elderly as 16 and covered a range of breeds. These included the German shepherd, pit bull, Chihuahua, and Lhasa Apsos. In some cases multiple dogs were stuffed into the crates and all were living in their filth. The animals also suffered from matted fur, skin infections, tumors, cuts, bruises, and difficulty breathing.
It is difficult to understand how or why a homeless couple acquired and kept this many animals. However, something must be done about these situations where families and individuals keep more animals than they can reasonably care for. It is not clear what further punishment the county has in mind, but a short jail sentence is not enough. Sign your name to ensure the couple receives due punishment for the cruelty the dogs suffered at their hands.
Dear Attorney General Harris,
Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputies recently arrested a couple charged with animal cruelty involving 19 dogs. The couple reportedly drew the attention of law enforcement after parking their U-Haul in a residential community.
When police arrived to check the U-Haul they allegedly found 19 dogs crammed into cages in the back. The trailer also smelled strongly of ammonia due to the mess the animals had created, which had not been cleaned up.
As a result of the reported terrible living conditions, the animals suffered from a number of health problems. These included mated fur, difficulty breathing, skin infections, and malnutrition. In fact, two dogs were in such a terrible state that animal services had to make the difficult decision to put them down.
Since the arrest, the couple has spent some time in jail. Espinoza is out on bail but Jeong is still behind bars. It is not clear what further action the state intends to take but I urge you to ensure the couple is punished to the fullest extent of the law, if found guilty. This not only helps to protect animals but protects the state from spending more and more money on correcting these issues when they get out of hand.
[Your Name Here]
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