Target: Robert F. Hagans Jr., Virginia Beach General District Judge
Goal: Harshly punish the man who abandoned his sick senior dog in a ditch only to be let off with a fine.
A man who pleaded guilty to abandoning his sick beagle in a ditch has only been given a small fine for his cruel act. Identified as Corey Alexander Ridley, the man dumped his sick eight-year-old beagle in a ditch in a desolate part of town. The elderly dog, named Patty, was thankfully found by a passer-by confined to a wire crate with a bathrobe draped over it. The dog had a large tumor on her left side, which probably explains why Ridley abandoned her to die in a ditch.
Despite being found guilty of this heartless act which almost cost Patty her life, and no doubt caused her a lot of distress, Ridley was only given a measly $250 fine, despite the maximum fine being $3,000. He also received no jail time, despite animal abandonment and cruelty being punishable by up to a year in prison. Letting a man who committed such a cruel act toward a defenseless dog sends the wrongful message that animal cruelty is not taken seriously by the law.
Sign this petition urging the judge to review his sentence and give Ridley a much harsher sentence, including jail time and the maximum fine.
Dear Justice Hagans Jr.,
Please review the far too lenient sentence given to Corey Alexander Ridley for abandoning his sick and elderly dog in a ditch. The eight-year-old beagle named Patty was found in a desolate part of town, confined to a wire crate dumped in a ditch.
While we applaud Ridley being found guilty of both animal abandonment and animal cruelty, the fact that he was merely given a $250 fine and not time in jail sends the harmful signal that treating a vulnerable animal so cruelly is acceptable. We urge you to increase Ridley’s punishment to the maximum fine of $3,000, jail time and a lifetime ban on keeping animals so that no other pet suffers the distress Patty endured.
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Photo credit: Virginia Beach Animal Control