Target: Joel Abelove, Rensselaer County’s District Attorney
Goal: Sentence alleged ax-wielding dog killer with the harshest possible punishment if he is found guilty.
A man has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly slaughtering a family’s dog with an ax and then burying the dog in their backyard in Cossayuna, New York. The dog belonged to a relative who he was staying with at the time. The alleged killer, Jason C. Jenkins, has not yet given a reason for this alleged cruelty, but no reason could possibly justify murdering an innocent animal.
The four-year-old dog was discovered by her family in a freshly dug grave, an undoubtedly traumatizing sight that they will never be able to forget. This young dog, who must’ve brought so much joy and love to this family, deserves justice for this unforgivable crime. If found guilty, it is imperative that Jenkins receive the maximum sentence for his crime.
Although he was arrested for violating the animal protection law known as Buster’s Law, this law has shown a disappointingly low conviction rate of animal abusers–just 17 percent. It is imperative that if the allegations against Jenkins are true, that he does not join the scores of other criminals who have abused and killed innocent animals and gotten away with it. Demand that the state serve justice to the family of this slain dog by pursuing the harshest possible penalty for Jenkins.
Dear District Attorney Abelove,
A Rensselaer family’s world was forever turned upside-down they came home and found their beloved dog buried in their backyard. More horrific than the dog’s premature death was how she was apparently killed–by being struck in the head and neck repeatedly with an ax.
The man accused of committing this crime, Jason C. Jenkins, was actually a relative of this family, making his accused acts even more brutal and heartless. Jenkins has not offered a motive for allegedly slaughtering this innocent dog with an ax, hence his charges of aggravated animal cruelty.
I am reaching out to the District Attorney’s office in the hopes that, if guilty, Jenkins will not be part of the vast majority of accused animal abusers who have avoided a felony conviction under Buster’s Law. This law is meant to ensure the safety of New York State’s beloved companion animals and deter would-be abusers from causing them harm, yet it has produced a disappointingly low rate of felony convictions.
I sincerely hope that Jenkins will serve the maximum sentence of two years if he is found guilty of this horrendous crime. Please do whatever is in your power to make sure that this grief-stricken family finds justice for their slain dog.
[Your Name Here]
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