Target: Katy Yount, Deputy District Attorney
Goal: Praise harsh sentence for man who slammed a puppy on the ground until it died.
A firefighter has been sentenced to 210 days in prison after pleading no contest to killing his 5-month-old German Shepherd puppy. Nicholas Luiz of Santa Clara, California, was charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty for beating his dog to death while in a drunken rage. The man was seen slamming the puppy, named Woody, against the ground and against a barrier in his yard. When police gained access to the home, they found Woody’s corpse wrapped in a garbage bag and left in the man’s laundry room.
A necropsy revealed that the abuse the puppy suffered was prolonged. Veterinarians found fractures to the puppy’s ribs and skull in various states of healing. This suggests that Woody endured months of abuse at the hands of his owner, who neighbors referred to as an alcoholic. The dog also suffered bruising to his skull and chronic head trauma, likely causing it a great deal of pain.
Not only will the man serve a jail sentence, but he will be put on probation for three years. During that time, he will be banned from owning animals. This sentence is a refreshing change to a disturbing trend of animal abusers being let off with a slap on the wrist. Sign the petition below to praise officials for handing down a harsh sentence to this cruel offender.
Dear Ms. Yount,
Nicholas Luiz, a firefighter from Santa Clara, was recently sentenced to 210 days in jail and three years of probation for beating his dog to death. A neighbor saw him slamming the 5-month-old German Shepherd puppy, named Woody, into the ground repeatedly in a drunken rage. During a police search of the man’s home, the dog’s body was found lifeless and wrapped in a garbage bag.
A necropsy found that the puppy suffered ongoing abuse for several months. This was revealed by fractures to the skull and ribs in various states of healing as well as bruising and chronic head trauma.
In addition to jail time, the man, who was charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty, will also face a ban on owning animals for three years. This harsh sentence is refreshing in a time when too many animal cruelty crimes are treated lightly. We, the undersigned, praise your efforts to ensure that this abuser was punished appropriately.
[Your Name Here]
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