Protect Dogs From Allegedly Abusive Owner

Target: Howard E. Gwynn, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Goal: Punish owner for allegedly abusing dogs on video, and do not return the dogs to his care.

A Newport News man was reportedly caught on camera by his neighbor hitting one of his dogs, and now faces two counts of animal cruelty. The video has since gone viral, and the two German Shepherds are being kept in a shelter until the case goes to trial, at which point a judge will determine whether to return the dogs to the owner, Ahmed Elsafty.

Elsafty denies hitting the dog, saying that he was making a loud clapping noise to scare the dog and discipline him. However, there have already been six calls to animal control on Elsafty, and five of those have come in the last three months. Additionally, the dog’s former trainer says that she witnessed Elsafty hit his dogs multiple times, including making “a whip motion with a nylon leash,” and that she intends to testify as a witness at Elsafty’s hearing. Sign below to ensure this man is punished for his allegedly abusive behavior, and that these dogs are not put at risk of further brutality.


Dear Mr. Gwynn,

Ahmed Elsafty is being charged with two counts of animal cruelty after a video captured him allegedly hitting one of his German Shepherds. The dogs are being kept at a shelter until Elsafty’s trial, at which point it will be determined whether they will be returned to him. The well-being of these dogs relies on the outcome of this case, and it is vital that their health be the top consideration.

Elsafty says that he did not hit the dog on the video, that he was simply disciplining the dog by loudly clapping his hands. However, animal control has been called on him six times in the past, and the dogs’ former trainer says she witnessed Elsafty hitting the dogs multiple times. Please ensure justice for these dogs and do not return them to their alleged abuser.


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  1. It’s already a fact that Muslim people hate dogs they think they are dirty evil creatures .this man must be held accountable and not get the dogs back they must be adopted out do your job judge!!!!

  2. This allegation is obviously correct. Foreigners must learn that we in the west do not condone this behaviour. Do not allow those dogs to go back to this individual and throw the book at him. He needs a lesson.

  3. Catherine Dugan says:

    What a bastard! To abuse his poor dog and video tape it! He needs to have his pet(s) taken away and jail him for a long time!

  4. This man needs to be jailed and heavily fined; however, most Muslims fear dogs or are really wanting to bond with them but seldom have dogs for pets in the Arabic nations. In these nations, the dogs run feral and have rabies which explains the fear they have of dogs.

  5. I would love to meet this dog abusing POS face to face to enact the required permanat payback.Come on scumbag I dare you to make face to face contact gutless wonder with me!! OH YES!!!!

  6. no animals for this abuser now.

  7. Judge must carefully consider these DOGS Future. In the hands of these Muslim people there are NO mercy for any animals. They are the wife beaters at it’s best. They beat their children at any ages. So JUDGE Please don;t allow this man to take back these poor, helpless, Voiceless Pooches. THEY DON’T DESERVE TO BE ABUSED & TORTURED BY SUCH EVIL MEN.

  8. Please do not return these poor dogs to this nasty abusive man. They deserve better. This person needs to learn to keep his hands to himself, jail him.

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