Target: Darwin Tobias III, Chief of Police, Shamokin, Pennsylvania
Goal: Demand jail time for two young men who allegedly commanded their dogs to maul a cat to death.
A young man has been arrested for animal abuse after reportedly commanding his dog to attack a neighbor’s cat. According to the police, the 17-year-old and his friend were walking their dogs when they saw the neighbor’s cat walking along the street. For no reason other than to be cruel, the teens allegedly released their dogs from their leashes and allowed them to hunt, corner, and brutalize the cat. A video of the incident shows the two teens looking on as the cat is mauled, making no effort to retrieve their dogs until a witness appears. The cat later died from its injuries.
One teen was arrested and charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. He is currently being held in a juvenile detention facility. Police are still looking for the other young man and the two pit bulls involved in the incident. It is possible that the dogs have been trained to fight and/or attack on command.
This cat suffered unimaginable fear and pain before its death. In order to protect both animals and humans, it is imperative that both the other teenager and the two dogs are found. Sign the petition below to demand that the police seek the maximum possible punishment under the law and that the dogs are taken away and re-homed to responsible owners.
Dear Chief Darwin Tobias III,
A young man was recently arrested in connection with the mauling of a cat by two dogs. The two young men, who were seen walking their dogs on a security camera, allegedly stood by after ordering the pit bulls to attack the cat. The dogs inflicted such severe injuries that the cat died after the attack.
Not only does this incident show a disturbing lack of empathy on the part of the teens, but it could indicate that the dogs are trained to fight or attack on command. If the dogs are found to be trained for violence, the owners should be slapped with additional charges.
This incident shocked the entire community of Shamokin. It is imperative that both teens are punished to the fullest extent of the law to ensure that they do not re-offend. We, the undersigned, ask that you seek the maximum possible penalty for both of the young men and remove the dogs from their custody.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Brocken Inaglory