Target: Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Prosecuting Attorney, Miami Gardens
Goal: Severely punish man accused of starving and neglecting dogs to the point that they were severely emaciated and near death.
Two dogs were found emaciated, with their skin cracked and bleeding, most of their teeth missing, and their eyes oozing with infection. The German Shepherd mixes were reportedly found in the yard of 65-year-old Ronald Wilson, a former police chief for Opa-locka, a city in Miami-Dade County. Wilson has been charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill. He recently pled not guilty to both counts in a court hearing.
The two dogs were taken to Dezzy’s Second Chance Animal Rescue in Palm Beach County, where they required extensive care. One of the dogs, Lady, required surgery to remove 28 growths on her body. Her fur is starting to grow back and she is beginning to put on weight, though she will require another surgery to repair her eye. The male dog, Thug, can barely walk due to several improperly healed broken bones. He was also found to have two bullets lodged in his body.
According to reports, authorities were originally tipped off to the condition of the dogs by a neighbor, who saw them through a hole in Wilson’s fence. They were removed from his yard while he was on vacation. When questioned by officers upon his return, Wilson reportedly admitted that the animals hadn’t been to a vet in a “long time.” The ex-police chief allegedly had no explanation for why the dogs “had been deprived of necessary nutrition, hydration, medical evaluation and treatment,” according to veterinarians.
As a former officer of the law, the accused is familiar with the legal requirements for humane treatment of animals. This appears to be blatant neglect and complete disregard for the well-being of the animals. Sign the petition below to ask that the maximum possible penalty is sought against this man, if found guilty.
Dear Mrs. Fernandez Rundle,
Two dogs were reportedly found emaciated and near death in the yard of 65-year-old Ronald Wilson, a former police chief. The dogs were starving, had cracked and bleeding skin, were missing most of their teeth, and suffered severe eye infections.
A former law enforcement officer should be well aware of how to lawfully and humanely keep pets, suggesting that this neglect was malicious and intentional. We, the undersigned, ask you to seek the maximum possible penalty in this case.
[Your Name Here]
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