Dog Allegedly Tortured with Fireworks Deserves Justice

Target: George N. Turner, Atlanta Chief of Police

Goal: Take dog away from man who allegedly used fireworks to frighten him, and ensure the man is punished for his cruelty.

A man reportedly blew up fireworks to intentionally scare his dog. We need to take action to ensure this dog is rescued and to further ensure this man is given a harsh criminal sentence if found guilty of such a horrific act.

The dog apparently tried to weave his way around plants as he attempted to escape the fireworks that were exploding on an apartment balcony. Although the man in question, William Scaffidi, claims he didn’t know his dog was in the general vicinity, he can reportedly be seen on video looking directly towards his dog before shutting the door and surreptitiously chucking fireworks out the window. Scaffidi allegedly laughed while the incident took place and apparently thought it was so funny that he posted a video on Facebook.

Unfortunately, authorities have not yet seized the animal because they claim it is healthy. Demand the right thing be done, including taking the dog out of this heartless home and penalizing Scaffidi for his cruel actions. Anyone who treats an animal this way does not deserve to have a pet.


Dear Chief Turner,

A man allegedly threw fireworks at his dog on an apartment balcony for the sole purpose of scaring the animal. The dog needs to be rescued and placed in a home where such incidences will not take place and the accused man needs to be held accountable if he is found guilty of this despicable act.

William Scaffidi told reporters that he didn’t know his dog was on the porch before throwing the fireworks. However, he can be seen on video peering out the door at his dog before lightly closing it and viciously throwing fireworks out the window towards the animal. Just as bad, Scaffidi is accused of laughing in the background while watching his dog trying to flee the noise and confusion. If Scaffidi hadn’t known the animal was on the porch, or he, at the very least, hadn’t found his actions to be funny, he likely would not have posted a video of the animal being tortured on Facebook.

While it has been stated that the dog will not be taken from Scaffidi because the animal appears to be healthy, leaving this dog in his care will likely lead to him being further tortured and possibly eventually killed. I therefore urge you to immediately seize this man’s dog and ensure he is given a fair criminal sentence if found guilty. Such disgusting animal cruelty should never be tolerated.


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Photo Credit: Beverly & Pack

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  1. must take the great dog from this abuser and take this abusers life to hell now.

  2. He knew what he was doing. This is cruelty. This animal should be given to a loving home where he will be cared for and loved.

  3. Janis Hargreaves says:

    When the authorities are too useless to flex their muscle where will the cruelty end!!! surely saving the dog now before it has more trauma, and it will be terrified of all bangs now for the rest of its life so it is already scarred. For my point I would like to take the fireworks and stick it in the owners ear and see how he likes the bangs. Humans think they are superior and entitled to treat animals in any way they see fit, and somewhere governments should put in rights for animals.

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