Target: Rick Healy, District Attorney, Wayne County, New York
Goal: Punish person who performed an illegal home castration on a dog.
A teen has been arrested after allegedly attempting to castrate his dog. The 19-year-old is accused of performing the procedure himself, without adequate surgical conditions, resulting in serious injury to the dog. Michael Williams of Marion, New York, has been charged with animal cruelty and will appear in court at a later date.
According to staff at Macedon Veterinary Care, the teen took the dog in for care and admitted that he had attempted an illegal home castration, but was concerned that it had gone wrong. When he was told that he would need to transport it to a nearby veterinary hospital for surgery, Williams reportedly refused. After the staff alerted police, the young man was apprehended on his way home and the dog was taken from him.
Police officers immediately transported the dog, named Toby, to the appropriate veterinary hospital at the order of District Attorney Rick Healy, who promised that the county would take responsibility for the costs. There, Toby was given medication for the pain, antibiotics to fight off possible infection, and intravenous fluids. He will require long-term wound care and may even need surgery.
The person responsible for this cruel act demonstrated an alarming sense of recklessness and a blatant disregard for the proper care of this animal. Because of this, it’s possible that Toby will feel pain for the rest of his life. Sign the petition below to thank the district attorney for saving the dog and ask him to punish the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law.
Dear Mr. Healy,
A dog required emergency veterinary care after a teenager allegedly attempted to illegally castrate it. The teen took the dog, named Toby, to a veterinary clinic and admitted to botching a neutering attempt on the poor animal. When the staff informed the teen that the dog needed emergency care at a nearby animal hospital, the teen refused and left.
Had the police not apprehended the teen, Toby would likely be dead. He has been resting in the care of professionals, but will require ongoing care and maybe even surgery. The person responsible for this act demonstrated shocking disregard for the health of the dog, and must be punished accordingly. We, the undersigned, ask you to seek the maximum possible punishment for the person convicted of this crime.
[Your Name Here]
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