Target: Kyle Moats, Missouri State University Athletic Director and Paul Williams, Springfield Police Chief
Goal: Permanently suspend football player from team for allegedly beating a dog and charge him with animal abuse.
A dog was reportedly punched so hard that it shattered the animal’s jaw and broke his teeth out. The Australian Shepherd, named Luca, had been left with 20-year-old Breck Ruddick, a quarterback for Missouri State University, according to reports. Friends of Katie Riggs, Luca’s owner, say that Ruddick allowed the dog to run off after punching him, and Riggs had to spend the night searching for her pet.
Ruddick was reportedly “suspended indefinitely” from the football team, but a day later, he was still allowed to travel with the team for their game. The athletic director told outlets that Ruddick “won’t play again until the situation is resolved.” It sounds like this will be another case of an athlete being allowed to escape consequences despite breaking laws and severely hurting an innocent animal.
While the decision to indefinitely suspend Ruddick would be a start, the authorities should also do their job and take action in a case of possible animal abuse. Losing one’s temper to an extent that you violently punch an animal is unacceptable, athlete or not. This behavior is undeniably a cause for concern as the chances that the abuser will repeat this violent behavior are high.
Taking away the alleged abuser’s privileges doesn’t bring this poor dog justice and it certainly isn’t enough to stop him from hurting other innocent beings in the future. Please sign this petition demanding that Ruddick never be allowed to play football again be charged with animal abuse.
Dear Mr. Moats and Chief Williams,
A dog was left with a broken jaw and broken teeth after allegedly being punched repeatedly by a Missouri State University football player. After the violent attack, Breck Ruddick was reportedly suspended indefinitely from the team, but the athletic director has said only that Ruddick won’t play again until the situation is resolved.
Additionally, he was still allowed to travel with his team for their game after the abuse allegations had come to light. This sounds like another case where an athlete escapes punishment despite abusing and severely harming an animal.
There should be no place for animal abusers on a college football team. As a law enforcement official and an athletic director, we call on you to do the right thing and make sure that Breck Ruddick be suspended indefinitely and charged with animal abuse.
[Your Name Here]
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