Justice for Dog Crippled Due to Neglect

dog via Robert J Pickell

Target: Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan

Goal: Strengthen animal protection laws by increasing punishments for cruelty and neglect.

A dog was recently found malnourished and unable to walk by animal control officers, who received a tip from a concerned citizen. The dog, a black Labrador Retriever, was so emaciated that its bones were visible. Authorities, who found the dog confined to a urine and feces-encrusted crate, immediately removed the dog from the home. Animal control officers say that the dog was confined for so long that it lost the ability to walk.

This degree of starvation and malnutrition suggests ongoing neglect of basic needs, while the shocking results of ongoing confinement show deliberate and barbaric cruelty. Fortunately, the animal is being cared for in a foster home and its condition is improving, though it is unknown whether it will regain its ability to walk.

While the owner has been arrested and charged, it will only be a misdemeanor. Under Michigan law, animal abusers are only likely to be charged with felonies if four or more animals were harmed. The best way to bring justice to this dog is to advocate for harsher animal cruelty laws so that abusers like these cannot get off with a slap on the wrist. Sign the petition below to demand that animal protection laws are amended in order to properly punish deliberately cruel offenders such as these.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Snyder,

A Flint man was recently arrested after a severely emaciated dog was found in his home. The malnourished black Lab had been confined to a squalid crate for so long that it lost the ability to walk, according to authorities. This abuse demonstrates intentional and drawn-out cruelty.

While the owner has been charged, it is likely he will get off with a slap on the wrist due to lax animal protection laws in Michigan. As it currently stands, animal abusers are unlikely to be charged with a felony unless they harm four or more animals.

In order to bring justice to this dog and ensure that egregious cruelty like this is properly punished, animal protection laws must be strengthened. This includes increasing both authorities’ ability to prosecute as well as the possible consequences for animal abuse. We, the undersigned, ask that you work to ensure that the animals of Michigan are properly protected from cruelty.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Robert J. Pickell

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7 Comments

  1. Lisa Forster says:

    I think your state needs to strengthen your animal cruelty laws. This should be a felony. I don’t understand why all states won’t take this seriously. It is a known fact that abusers and serial killers start with animals first. By keeping the animal abusers locked up, you could be saving lives by keeping these monsters locked up.

  2. Czerny A. Czerny A. says:

    In Michigan you have to harm 4 or more animals to be justly punished? Who came up with this moronic law?

  3. LAWS WITH BALLS TO HELP OUR FURRY FRIENDS IN MICHIGAN NOW AND ALL OVER THE WORLD NOW. THIS EVIL DOG OWNER NEEDS DEATH NOW.

  4. CRUELTY / NEGLECT IS JUST AS SERIOUS IF ONLY ONE DOG IS THE VICTIM, THAT IS VERY WEAK AND IGNORANT TO SAY IT IS NEGLECT IF THERE ARE MORE THAN X AMOUNT OF DOGS.
    ARE YOU KIDDING ME, THAT IS A HUGE LOOP HOLE FOR THE SICK MINDED PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO ABUSE/ NEGLECT A DOG OR A COUPLE OF DOGS. JUST MAKE A WISE DECISION HERE AND GET IT RIGHT. HOW WOULD THE HUMANS OF MICHIGAN LIKE IT IF X AMOUNT OF HUMANS HAD TO DIE BEFORE SOMEONE COULD BE CHARGED WITH MURDER?? LETS GET REAL HERE

  5. State-sanctioned neglect proves Michigan is a third-rate state.

  6. MICHIGAN is just horrible. They are known for horrific abuse cases, why? Because laws are crap, legislators do not care and offenders ALWAYS get off with a warning!! Glad I don’t live there, feel sorry for the animals though. Well, that’s your tax dollars at work, what a joke.

  7. Neglect should mean absentmindness or irresponsibility-basically an accident Still bad and at least misdemeanor.
    Confining an animal and knowingly preventing it from food/water is PREMEDITATED MURDER! Anyone who claims to not know this is a liar!

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