Target: Christopher Gramiccioni, Monmouth County Prosecutor
Goal: Ban couple from pet ownership after hundreds of dogs were found living on shelves and inside walls.
Nearly 300 dogs were recently found crowded in a filthy home by apparent animal hoarders. The dogs, mostly small breeds such as chihuahuas, Yorkies, and pugs, were so tightly packed in that they were found on shelves and even inside the walls. The stench of the home and loud barking led authorities to the home, which they found was infested with flies and fleas. Officers say that the home was in deplorable condition, with so much standing urine and feces that the floors were rotting.
Authorities were shocked to find that none of the dogs was suffering from any severe medical conditions usually seen in these cases, such as malnourishment or untreated infections. Despite this, the dogs were poorly socialized and some were given oxygen or transported for medical care. According to animal control officers, most of these dogs experienced severe emotional neglect and some may require fostering or rehabilitation before adoption.
The owners of the animals were visibly distressed, according to the media. While they may have had the best intentions at heart, there is no doubt that the dogs were neglected and kept in inhumane conditions. This type of hoarding is often a symptom of mental illness and authorities should attempt to rehabilitate the accused, though it is important that no more animals are harmed by this couple. Sign the petition below to ask the prosecutor to seek a ban on animal ownership for the couple.
Dear Mr. Gramiccioni,
A couple is facing over 500 counts of animal cruelty after authorities found 276 small dogs crammed into a filthy, bug-infested house. The dogs were living in shelves and inside the walls, and were forced to breathe ammonia fumes every day due to the standing puddles of urine and feces in the home. Despite these obviously inhumane living conditions, the dogs were in relatively good health and the owners showed remorse for their actions.
It appears that this is a case of mental illness. These dogs no doubt suffered extreme neglect, but we ask you to take a rehabilitative approach which could possibly include supervised volunteer hours with an animal shelter. Despite the good intentions of the accused, it is imperative that no more animals are allowed to suffer in this manner. We therefore ask you to seek a ban on animal ownership for those responsible.
[Your Name Here]
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